Reindeer

Reindeer
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Reindeer!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me:  Northern Regions of North America, Greenland, Asia and Europe. But whether we pull Santa's sleigh or not is our little secret.

What I Like to Eat: Grass, herbs, fungi and plants

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: We the only species of the deer family in which both males and females have antlers. Our antlers are made up of bone, and we shed and grow them back larger every single year.

Caribou Vs. Reindeer: Caribou and reindeer are the same species, but there is a difference between the two of us. Caribous are larger than reindeer, while reindeers are domesticated. The word "Reindeer" was coined by the Europeans and Asian for an animal that pulled human sleds or carried packs. Also, we are called caribou in North America.

Coat of Arms: Our two coats of hair keep us warm in the frigid temperatures. Our entire bodies are covered in hair from our head to the bottom of our feet. The bottom coat hairs are made of fine, soft wool that protect our skin, while the top coat is a layer of long, hollow guard hairs. Our hairy hooves keep us from slipping on snow or frozen ice on the ground. Our coat colors remain brown in the summer and turn white during the winter.

Fame: It goes without saying, that the Rudolph was and still is "the most famous reindeer of them all. Dasher, Dancer and Prancer are a distant second, third and fourth.

Fast Times: Not only can we fly fast in the air pulling Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve (did I say that out loud?), we are fast on the ground and in the water. We can run up to 50 miles an hour and are speedy swimmers.

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