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Live Reindeer Attracts Crowds at the Christmas Festival

Posted by SusanStokes on December 10, 2018

The annual Christmas Festival in Hillsborough, New Jersey, drew crowds not only for Santa, a Christmas Tree lighting, music, and games, but the chance to meet a live Reindeer!  Thunder made his debut, and he did not disappoint!

Reindeer Thunder.jpg

Just how much do you know about Reindeer?  We asked some questions and did some research, and here is what we learned:

  1. Reindeer live in the Northern parts of North America including Canada and Alaska. They also live in Europe, Russia and Greenland in the tundra regions.
  2. In America, we only call them Reindeer when they are domesticated. Otherwise, in the wild we call them Caribou, and they can live up to 15 years in the wild. In Europe they are called Reindeer most of the time. Their scientific name is Rangifer Tarasndus.
  3. Reindeer are herbivores meaning they eat plants and can weigh from 240 to 700 pounds. Reindeer use their hooves to dig for food in the snow. The outer edges of their hooves are sharp and help them walk on ice and rocks.
  4. A Reindeer’s antlers grow to be 3 feet tall. They shed their antlers in the winter, and no two Reindeer antlers look exactly the same!
  5. A Reindeer can run 50 miles per hour!

Thunder certainly was impressive and we can see how he lives up to his name!



We took some video footage of Thunder.  Watch Thunder in action!

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Thanks for watching, and hope you are enjoying your holidays as much as we are!

Susan, Taurus and Gemini