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.
Females have antler power! Unique among the more than 45 species of deer, female reindeer grow antlers too. Males shed their antlers in early winter and females shed theirs much later, meaning that Santa’s sleigh is likely powered by a group of she-deer!
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)
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...
did you know Santa's reindeer are all female???? Both male and female reindeer grow antlers but Male reindeer lose their antlers by the beginning of Dec, female reindeer keep their antlers until spring until after they give birth...even Roudolf