Animal Corner — Reindeer

Christmas is just days away, so we figured it would be fun and festive to learn more about one of the most famous animals of the holiday season — reindeer. They might not have Rudolph noses or pull any sleighs for Santa Claus (that we know of for sure!), but they are still quite enthralling and adorable!

In North America, reindeer in the wild are known as caribou. When they are domesticated, they become known as reindeer. Their life expectancy is around 15 years in the wild.

Unlike other deer, both male and female reindeer grow antlers. Like human fingerprints, no two deer antlers are exactly the same. As their horns grow, they are rubber-like and filled with marrow and blood. Around August, the horns harden, and by winter they fall off.

Depending on where they live in North America, their fur color varies. Those in the northern part of the continent have whiter fur, whereas those in the southern part have darker fur. Southern reindeer is also a bit larger than their northern neighbors!

As for their diet, these animals are herbivorous. They eat moss, trees, and grasses. They can weigh between 240 and 700 pounds. They can also run up to 50 miles per hour, which may explain why Santa Claus picked them to lead his sleigh!