It has come to my attention that there are people in the US who think Reindeer are fictional animals. That make sense because they are associated in may people’s minds [SPOILER ALERT] with a fictional character known as ….
…Santa Claus. Others may know that Caribou exist but think that Reindeer are fictional.
It turns out that Reindeer and Caribou are different words for the same beast, which lives in a circum-Arctic distribution in colder climates. As I mention here tangentially, and in relation to birds, Caribou is one of those species that has head gear (in this case, antler) on both males and females, and possibly for interesting evolutionary reasons.
Anyway, apparently Santa lost two of his reindeer on the highway in Texas recently and caused quite a stir:
At least these Reindeer did not come to the same morbid end as this bear in Saint Paul:
… police received at least two calls about bear sightings in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He says officers shot the bear just before 8 p.m. Animal control officers took the bear’s body away.
Which brings us now to this photograph taken by my sister and brother-in-law in their backyard just the other day:
That is not your average kitty cat!