25 True Reindeer Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

One true reindeer fact everyone should know is that they don’t fly. If you didn’t know that, and I just crushed your childhood dreams, then I’m sorry. As much as we might wish they flew, they don’t. It’s the sad reality gravity and physics deals to us land-dwellers. But, fear not, there’s plenty to learn about reindeer, nevertheless. These noble creatures of the north have been on the Earth for a long time, surviving many dangers, like the Ice Age freezing them to death and homo sapiens hunting them for food. They migrate great distances and can run almost as fast as your car. Despite these great feats and their ability to survive extinction, thanks to climate change, they aren’t doing so hot. So, pour one out to Rudolph and lets learn a few things about these majestic creatures. Here are 25 True Reindeer Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.

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In the poem, "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," the reindeer are described as tiny. This likely means Santa's reindeer are the R.t. platyrhynchus species of Norway.

santaSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/29470/11-things-you-might-not-know-about-reindeer

In the winter, reindeer hooves shrink to give them a better grip, and in the summer, they are soft and spongy for extra traction.

reindeer hoovesSource: https://www.earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wtf/10-amazing-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-reindeer/

Male reindeer grow from 28 to 53 inches tall (70 to 135 centimeters) and are around 5.9 to 6.8 feet (1.8 to 2.1 m) long.

caribou antlersSource: https://www.livescience.com/56310-reindeer-facts.html

Both male and female reindeer have antlers.

reindeer antlers male femaleSource: https://www.livescience.com/56310-reindeer-facts.html

Reindeer shed their antlers every year. Since they're a strong source of calcium and minerals, the woodland rodents snack on them.

reindeer in snowSource: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-reindeer

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