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When the Trident (submarine) shipped out of Polyarnoe in August 1941, the Russians added a live baby reindeer to the provisions laded aboard. If reindeer could pull Santa’s sleigh, surely one could help out moving a pram! How could Lt. Commander Sladen refuse such a thoughtful gift? The crew dubbed the reindeer “Pollyarnoe” in honor of their Russian home-port, but soon Anglicized the name to “Pollyanna.”
Thinking the Trident would be returning to her base in Scotland in two or three weeks, the Russians provided a few bales of tundra moss for Pollyanna to eat. But plans changed and the Trident was at sea for six weeks straight! The whole time with a (growing!) baby reindeer on board. When the moss ran out, the crew fed Pollyanna table and kitchen scraps.
The crew took care of her and cleaned up after Pollyanna, but supposedly the deer would only allow Lt. Comander Sladen to be near her when the surface hatch was opened to allow fresh air into the sub.
After six weeks at sea, the now rather large reindeer was extracted from the sub with some difficulty and returned to dry land. After a few weeks with the Sladen family, Pollyanna took up residence at a Royal zoo, and lived out her life in peace and comfort.
link to article: http://www.thriftyrambler.com/2014/12/01/pollyanna-the-submariner-reindeer/
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