There are many species of reindeer around the world, some forming the mainstay of local lifestyles, providing milk, meat, bone and fur to people who have little, given their landscape and who waste less. They are superbly adapted to their environment.
Their hooves are very wide and flat, which helps them swim and they change with the seasons, hardening or softening to give the best grip for the prevailing conditions. Their coats are thick and warm, with a soft underlayer and hollow fur that traps heat and is buoyant when they swim to cross rivers. They are exceptionally beautiful creatures. Except when the yearly moult is on them… and then they are the scruffiest-looking creatures in Nature.
They are still beautiful though. Reindeers are magical creatures. Even if you are ‘too big to believe in Santa Claus,’ there are many other myths and traditions that show the place this creature holds in the hearts and minds of men.
No matter how scruffy they look from a distance, the magic touches you as you meet their eyes. They may be domesticated or accustomed to people because of their captivity… yet these are still creatures with the song of the wild in their own hearts… and somehow they seem to let you share their song.