my yearly reindeer rant:  both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year but male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.    Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen ... has to be a female.

Both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year but male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.

A lot of beautiful reindeers in Lapland  #winter #wonderland #snow

Victory for Greenpeace and reindeer in Lapland

The company I worked for had a reindeer ranch and would tour the country at Christmas time. "Santa" forgot and bent down to pick up something he dropped and, you guessed it, he got it in the backside.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo announced the birth of a female reindeer welcomed in the early morning hours on May 4, 2013. The newborn was immediately given the name Derby by her keepers, in honor of her birth on Derby Day (the running of the Kentucky Derby). She weighed approximately 11.5 pounds (5.2 kg) -- the largest Reindeer calf to be born at the zoo to date.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo announced the birth of a female Reindeer, the first born to parents Tundra (mother) and Klondike (father). They welcomed the calf in the early morning hours on May The newborn was immediately given the name.

Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…” Hungarian Christmas Folk Song Long before Santa charioted his flying steeds across our mythical skies, it w…

Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

Named for the word “snow” in Finnish, Lumi the female Reindeer calf was born on April 25 at Austria’s Vienna Zoo.  Only minutes after the 11-pound (5 kg) calf was delivered by female Reindeer Helmi, Lumi stood up on her thin and wobbly legs.

Named for the word “snow” in Finnish, Lumi the female Reindeer calf was born on April 25 at Austria’s Vienna Zoo. Only minutes after the kg) calf was delivered by female Reindeer Helmi, Lumi stood up on her thin and wobbly legs.

Named for the word “snow” in Finnish, Lumi the female Reindeer calf was born on April 25 at Austria’s Vienna Zoo. Only minutes after the 11-pound (5 kg) calf was delivered by female Reindeer Helmi, Lumi stood up on her...

Named for the word “snow” in Finnish, Lumi the female Reindeer calf was born on April 25 at Austria’s Vienna Zoo. Only minutes after the kg) calf was delivered by female Reindeer Helmi, Lumi stood up on her.

Deer: Family: Cervidae, Order: Artiodactyla, Class: Mammalia; even-toed ruminant mammals; include white-tailed deer, mule deer such as black-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, reindeer (caribou), fallow deer, roe deer, pudu, chital; male deer of all species (except Chinese water deer) & female reindeer grow and shed new antlers each year; differ from permanently horned animals such as antelope (in same order as deer)

The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The red deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region and Asia

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