TAMU Expert: When It Comes To Christmas Animals, Reindeer Are Tops

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santa-and-his-reindeer-making-final-flight-plans-650It might be tough for Santa and his nine-reindeer sled to pass through airport security, but his world-traveling team of Rudolph and Prancer and the others are among the most interesting of all animals, says a Texas A&M University veterinarian.

When it comes to intriguing Christmas critters, reindeer may top the list, says Alice Blue-McLendon, an exotic animal specialist in Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences who was involved in cloning the world’s first deer in 2003.

“They are majestic animals, but also creatures that have totally adapted to their surroundings and environment,” she notes.

“For starters, reindeer, which are also known as caribou in North America, are almost always on the move — they are one of the most well-traveled of any animal, and their migration routes can cover 2,000 to 3,000 miles in some parts of the world. It’s not unusual for them to travel…

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