Kid Scoop plays reindeer games

Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Featured, Kid Scoop, Videos | Comments Off

Real reindeer look more like a moose than a white-tailed deer. (Photo by Kevin Dooley via

Today’s Kid Scoop celebrates one of the most enduring images of Christmas — the fact that Santa Claus’ sleigh is pulled by a team of reindeer.

Reindeer, of course, are real creatures but they don’t look quite as cute as the deer Americans are most familiar with. Instead, they’re more like a moose than a white-tailed deer.

Reindeer, which can weigh up to 700 lbs each, come from the subarctic and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and that makes them ideal animals to help Santa out on his yearly mission. To help them beat the cold, they have a thick coat of fur that can have a variety of colors, including white, brown and black.

Both male and female reindeer grow antlers. This is to help them dig through deep snow and uncover plants to eat.

As for Santa Claus’ reindeer, Wikipedia has a long article on the team, but you know the top nine reindeer, right? They are:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph (when the weather calls for his inclusion)

Here are some quick video facts about reindeer.

Next you can see the story of Olive. You know her … she’s one of the “other reindeer.”

This video shows reindeer on the move in Iceland … and not a bit of snow to be seen.

Learn about how the people of Siberia used (and some still use) the reindeer to survive.

Hip-hop star DMX sings “Rudolph.”

Photos from Kiskadee 3 and Kevin Dooley via

In the wild reindeer travel in huge herds. (Photo by Kiskadee 3 via

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