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Facts about reindeer:
The interesting, the mundane and the unusual.
Wild reindeer in Scotland were hunted to extinction
you know that reindeer roamed Britain 10,000
years ago. The milk teeth of a young reindeer
who lived during the ice age were discovered by
a team of experts from Torquay Museum team in
1961. Read More:
The Sámi language has some 400 words for reindeer and
products derived from various parts of the animal
Reindeer are one of the most extensively travelled animals.
Reindeer may travel as far as
35 miles in one day.Their migration routes can cover 2,000 to 3,000 miles.
Reindeer, or caribou are
able to outperform all other land
animals in their energy efficiency.
An amazing one
1/4 of the
Earth’s land surface is used for
During Alaska's early
history some mail was
delivered by sleds pulled by reindeer.
The primary function of antlers is to
Female reindeer retain their antlers
until after they
give birth in the spring.
Reindeer milk has more fat than cow's milk.
Ever wonder how reindeer
survive in the freezing cold? Reindeer cope with
the bitter temperatures by simply eating moss
which warms their bodily fluids, this prevents them from
freezing to death.
Male reindeer have inflatable pouches of skin under
their throats. This amplifies the roar or bellow during the
rutting season. Each reindeer makes a unique call.
Reindeer have a particularly well-developed
sense of smell, and make extensive use of their
scent glands for communication. This excellent
sense of smell enables them to find lichen during winter down to a depth
of 60 cm under the snow.
No two antlers are the same; every antler has its own
shape and design.
Antlers feel warm as they are growing.
Caribou and reindeer are the same species.
name Caribou originates from the Native American
word Mi'kmaq which means 'shoveller'. This is a
reference to shovel-like design of the sharp
edges of their concave hooves which they use
when foraging for Lichen.
the winter the facial hair of reindeer
grows very long down to the lips, this helps to
protect the muzzle when they graze in snow.
In extremely cold weather
reindeer are able to lower the temperature in their legs
to just above freezing . This helps them to avoid loss
of body heat.
Reindeer velvet can grow at
up to 2cm per day . This is unique in mammals,
antlers are the only
mammalian organ to fully regenerate each year.
calf of a reindeer weighs 11 - 20 pounds and can
stand on his or her legs within minutes of being born.
Reindeer typically have a lifespan of around 10 years.
At only one day-old
a reindeer a calf is capable of
outrunning a man.
Reindeer, can outperform all other land animals in
their energy efficiency.
North American herds sometimes travel for more than
5,000km. They travel the longest distance of any other
Male reindeer are solitary,
though they join the herd during the rutting
season in September, while female reindeer tend
to stay in herds.
joring is a sport invented by the the Lapps and
involves a skier being pulled along behind a speeding reindeer!
The caribou is the
official provincial animal of
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
reindeer is the only species of deer in which
the female has antlers possibly to help her compete for scarce
food supplies.The males having shed their
antlers in the November or December while the
females retain them until they give birth in the
spring, which may give them advantage when
acquiring food supplies.
The origins of the word 'deer' comes from the Middle
English word 'der' meaning beast and from the Old
English word 'dor'. The origins of 'rein' comes from the
Old Norse word 'hreinn'.
Caribou appears on the coat of arms of Nunavut.
I am not an
animal expert of any kind just your average person who
loves animals, all animals, and feels deeply about the
plight of many of our fellow creatures. Neither am I a
writer, or any other expert. Therefore please keep in
mind that the information included in this website has
been researched to the best of my ability and any
misinformation is quite by accident but of course