Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reindeer Facts

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, both male and female reindeer grow antlers. Although adult males grow the largest racks, adult females can have some very impressive antlers making it difficult or impossible to distinguish the sex based on antlers alone. Bulls generally shed their antlers in winter between November and December. Pregnant females will retain their antlers until after they have their calves in late April and May.

Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.

We should've known…...

only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.




  1. Excellent post! Is that guy actually showing the reindeer?!?

    Hope your Christmas was special for you and yours. Looking forward to the New Year with all my blogger friends!

  2. Hehe! Well of course! I had the same question as gtyyup...showing a reindeer?

  3. That picture is an edited version of the 4-H master showmanship class at the 2007 Alaska State Fair. Reindeer can be a market animal for our 4-H youth and my daughter is contemplating raising a reindeer for the 2010 fair.

  4. Fellow reindeer lovers,

    If mythical, magical reindeer can fly...they can easily keep their gorgeous antlers past Christmas!

    Don't extend human 'reverse sexism' to the animal world. Bull-boy reindeer and Cow-girl reindeer are equally cool!

    From a lifelong reindeer & caribou enthusiast, wildlife artist and semi-pro zoologist. Wish we had reindeer for 4H in Ohio!!