Writing about Rudolph!

23 Dec

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I’m writing about reindeer. They are big, furry creatures with hooves that live in Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Northern Europe and Asia and the North Pole. Did you that you know that caribou and reindeer are the same creature?

I like reindeer because they have inspired many holidays around the world and they are cute. Santa’s reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen,and Rudolph. I like Vixen the best.  Do you know which one is the cleanest?  COMET! ha ha.

Reindeer eat leaves, lichen and fungi. They are herbivores. They grow 4-7 feet long and up to 59 inches tall at the shoulder. They are unique because the female has antlers and is the only deer where the female has antlers. They shed the antlers in the winter.

Baby reindeer are called calves and they can walk an hour after they are born. And did you know that reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk? All the females in the herd give birth at the same time so there are lots of friends to play reindeer games with. Sometimes a herd can be as big as 500,000 reindeer!baby-reindeer-at-prague-zoo2-web__oPt

Caribou   reindeer migrate and travel over 1,600 miles in a year. That’s a lot of walking!

Interesting facts:

**  No two reindeer antlers are alike – just like fingerprints!

**Their antlers can grow up to five feet tall!

So make sure you leave some treats for the reindeer if they come to your house on Christmas eve. I leave carrots and oatmeal.

Go crazy for animals! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Dylan

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One Response to “Writing about Rudolph!”

  1. Beth Jarman December 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    You discovered a lot of fascinating facts about reindeer! I don’t remember learning that the females have antlers, also, so now I know. I love reading your posts about animals and look forward to more stories. Hope you and your animals have enjoyed the holidays!

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