Our Reindeer  

Every year we are accompanied by two of Santa’s helpers before their big and busy night on Christmas. Our eldest Tiny Tim (who is no longer that tiny) has been with us since 2011, and our little Bonnie, who joined us in 2015. Tiny Tim is now 10 years old, whilst Bonnie is only 6. 
Tiny Tim 
As the name suggests, reindeer are a species of deer. They are the only deer species in which both the male and female can grow antlers. In fact, males’ antlers can grow up to a whopping 1.4 metres in length and have as many 44 points, called 'tines'. 
Reindeer hooves expand in summer when the ground is soft to prevent their hooves from sinking and shrink in winter when the ground is hard. 
They have knees that make a clicking noise when they walk so the animals can stay together in a blizzard, when visibility is low. 
Their noses are specially designed to warm the air before it gets to their lungs. Lots of tiny veins circulate warm blood around their nose, heating up the air they breathe in so they don’t get cold – clever! 
Some North American reindeer, or caribou as they’re called there, migrate over 3,000 miles in a year – more than any other land mammal. That’s a similar distance as the distance from here to Quebec in Canada! 
Symbolically, reindeer are said to represent safe travels, strength and endurance. This is down to the fact that they survive in brutal environments. 
In Frozen II, the make-believe Northuldra tribe you see in the Enchanted Forest are based on the Sámi people – the famous reindeer herders of northern Norway. The Sámi really do use reindeer to pull sleighs through the snow, just like Sven does in the movie (and Santa does on Christmas Eve)! 
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