Anchorage’s famous reindeer, Star, dies at age 15

This May 23, 2010 photo shows Star the reindeer and her owner, Albert Whitehead, taking a break during a stroll through downtown Anchorage. The 15-year-old reindeer, the sixth of a line of local pet reindeer died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Rachel D’Oro | The Associated Press File)

ANCHORAGE — A famous reindeer that could be seen walking the streets of downtown Anchorage has died at age 15.


KTVA-TV reported that Star the reindeer died on Saturday.

A note posted on her pen by owner Albert Whitehead says Star died in his arms.

Whitehead took Star on a short walk and she collapsed after returning home.

Whitehead says she spent her last days hanging out and eating her favorite treats, such as grapes and mini wheats.

Star was an Anchorage staple for both local residents and tourists.


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