SANTA’S reindeer will be flying higher than ever this Christmas – after munching magic mushrooms.
Scientists have found that the animals regularly eat the mind-bending fly agaric fungi in the wild.
And Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and pals are often seen staggering around, making odd noises afterwards.
Scientist Andrew Haynes believes reindeer deliberately seek out the mushrooms to escape the monotony of dreary long winters.
Writing in the respected Pharmaceutical Journal, Mr Haynes said: “They have a desire to experience altered states of consciousness.