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Essential Science: Sequencing Rudolph’s Genome

A seasonal science column this week: Chinese scientists have successfully sequenced and analyzed the genome of Rangifer tarandus (reindeer), which is the only domesticated species in the deer family Cervidae.

Norway to kill 2,000 reindeer to eradicate disease

Oslo - The Norwegian government on Monday authorised the slaughter of a herd of around 2,000 reindeer in a bid to eradicate a brain-destroying disease, after several cases were detected in Norway for the first time in Europe.

Reindeer at risk from Arctic hot spell

Kautokeino - Winter temperatures in Norway's Lapland could rise dramatically this century, with potentially devastating consequences for the region's reindeer and the indigenous Sami people who make their living herding them.

Reindeer police stop Far North from going Wild West

Kautokeino - Mathis Andreas, an indigenous Sami reindeer herder, sees a snowmobile with glowing fluorescent strips approach his remote cabin in the frozen tundra and worries what the neighbouring herder may think.

Fresh call to protect Canadian caribou

Canadian conservation activists have called on ministers at all levels of government to put in place measures to recover Canada’s imperilled woodland caribou herds. This needs to be addressed through habitat management.

Siberian region to slaughter 250,000 reindeer by Christmas

Russian region of Yamalo-Nenets plans to slaughter 250,000 reindeer by Christmas because of overpopulation and fears of an anthrax outbreak. The animals will be electrocuted, have their throats slit and blood will be drained for export to China.

Siberian heatwave releases anthrax bacillus frozen for decades

Moscow - Thirteen members of a community in western Siberia have been hospitalized amid an outbreak of anthrax, reports the governor's office of the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region. Over 1,599 reindeer have died from the disease since last Sunday.

Poaching, inbreeding and predators lead to reindeer decline

The reindeer population in northern China is in steep decline, according to a new conservation study. The reason are varied and bound up in history.

Reindeer counteract climate change

One of the effects of a warmer climate is the migration of lowland and southern plants higher up in the mountains. An ecologist argues that that reindeer, voles and hare can prevent these invasions and counteract climate change.

Scientists record radioactivity spike in Norway’s reindeer

Radioactive dust released during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster is the unwanted gift that just keeps on giving. Unsafe levels were recorded in Norwegian sheep and reindeer.

Highway tunnel closed by overheated reindeer in Norway

Hammerfest - Norway is experiencing unusually high summer temperatures at present and on Monday, authorities were forced to close part of a motorway in the Arctic north, after reindeer sought shady refuge in a road tunnel.

Time lapse video: Reindeer return to summer island home in Norway

Every year, reindeer herders use an old Norwegian Navy landing craft to ferry around 10,000 reindeer to their summer home on islands in the Finnmark and Troms counties. Photographer Jan Olsen decided to catch the event on a time lapse video.

Caribou poop traded for gas money in Canada

Researchers and hunters in the Northwest Territories of Canada are encouraged to swap reindeer fecal samples for gas cards to monitor heard health of the Woodland Caribou.

How do reindeer avoid power lines?

London - Ultra-violet light-emitting power lines may upset reindeer and other animals, a new study has found. However, the animals are very adept at avoiding power cables.

Finnish reindeer glow at night to prevent accidents

Helsinki - Glowing reindeer can be spotted in northern Finland thanks to a reflective spray which makes them more visible in a bid to prevent car accidents, Finnish reindeer breeders said Tuesday."We are hoping that it is so useful that we can use the spray in th...

Reindeer in Norway to wear reflectors to avoid car accidents

It seems Rudolph's red nose is not sufficient. Special biodegradable reflector cuffs will now be placed on the horns of around 10,000 reindeer in northern Norway in an effort to prevent them being run over by passing motorists.

Where is Santa now?

To help children (and adults) track Santa, the U.S. government have a website dedicated to locating the jolly red-and-white figure on Christmas Eve.

Canada's Caribou habitat endangered because of climate change

The North American caribou, and in particular, the Woodland caribou found in the southern Canadian Rockies and northern America are already an endangered species. Now, there is concern over their specialized habitat disappearing, perhaps forever.

Video: Reindeer on roof made kids think Christmas came early

Verneuil-sur-indre - Children in the little town of Verneuil-sur-Indre in the Indre-et-Loire department of central France can be forgiven for thinking Santa had arrived early, when the reindeer appeared on a garage roof in the center of town.

Reindeer eyes change color in winter darkness

To survive the wintery conditions in the Arctic, scientists have found that one part of an reindeer’s eyes changes color. This adaptation increases the sensitivity of the animal’s vision, helping it navigate the through the darker months.

'Reindeer' visit to UK hospital probed

Glasgow - Having to spend Christmas in hospital is usually not good. If you are a child it could be extremely upsetting. Staff try to bring 'festive cheer' to the wards, but is a visit by a 'reindeer' a step too far?

South Georgia to cull all of its reindeer

The British Government is preparing to cull what are described as “invasive reindeer” on the small island of South Georgia. There is no native population on the islands.

Why is Rudolph's nose red?

The headline is not the start of Christmas joke. Scientists have found that a reindeer’s nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells, which help to protect the animal from getting too cold and to regulate brain temperature.

Video: Reindeer races & ice-fishing in Russia's frozen north

Northern Russia is well known for its harsh climate and vast icy tundra, where residents are cut off from the rest of the country. Life is hard, but they have their fun moments too.

Reindeer in Norway getting reflective tags and collars

Rudolph won’t be the only reindeer glowing this winter since reflective collars and tags have been fitted on about 2,000 reindeer in Norway.

Escaped reindeer runs through city centre

Sunderland - An escaped reindeer was recorded on CCTV as it ran along a street in the city of Sunderland after jumping out of its pen to avoid a dog.

Illinois' Miller Park Zoo Goes 'Green' For Christmas

The Miller Park Zoo has found an interesting way of recycling and reusing for Christmas in the forms of ornament making.

New Alaskan Xmas Present: Rudolph the Red Nose Hotdogs

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, made a very tasty snack. Santa ate way too many, he's gonna have a heart attack. All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him game. They never let poor Rudolph know he would be someone's present as a sausage pack.

Ontario Grade 4 Students Try To Save Reindeer Population

Caribou, a.k.a. Reindeer, are having a hard time in Ontario. A Grade 4 class has undertaken a project to save them.

Sheriff in Pursuit of Reindeer

"That was a new experience for me," the 50-year-old officer told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "It isn't normal procedure for a police officer to grab a reindeer through his car window. I've never heard of it before."

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Reindeer  or caribou  are the only members of the deer family in which both males and females have a...
Reindeer, or caribou, are the only members of the deer family in which both males and females have antlers.
A reindeer got stuck on a roof of a garage in Verneuil-sur-Indre  France.
A reindeer got stuck on a roof of a garage in Verneuil-sur-Indre, France.
Reindeer arriving by boat on their summer island home inside the Arctic circle in northern Norway.
Reindeer arriving by boat on their summer island home inside the Arctic circle in northern Norway.
The Peary caribou is a relatively small and pale subspecies found in the tundra of far northern Nort...
The Peary caribou is a relatively small and pale subspecies found in the tundra of far northern North America. Unsurprisingly, it is part of the group known as Tundra reindeer.
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Reindeer in Norway
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Caribou enjoying the water
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A Santa display in Frankenmuth, MI
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Map: Distribution of Rangifer tarandus (Caribou/Reindeer) Red - Reindeer (orange: introduced populations) Green - Caribou
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Several reindeer live in the park.
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An illuminated reindeer dazzles in Covent Garden, London, for the Christmas period.
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