As the big, jolly elf with the red suit fills his sleigh with presents on Christmas Eve, we tuck children into bed while visions of reindeer flying through the sky race through their minds. I’ve never thought much about the gender of the reindeer or even how they learned how to fly but there are actually some really interesting facts about these elegant creatures. Reindeer are fascinating!
First, science has proven that Rudolph and the rest of the jolly reindeer are FEMALE. Yes, the magical team is actually made up of female reindeer. Lady deer are leading Santa’s way through the night sky to deliver presents to children near and far. Sounds about right to me, why wouldn’t it be women? I mean, we get isht done. We make friggin dreams come true. Not to take away from the male population, you do a lot, but us women, we go above and beyond – even pulling a fat man around the globe to make sure children wake up on Christmas morning with a smile on their face.
How do we know Santa’s team are female? There are a number of scientific reasons, according to livescience.com…
Reindeer with antlers during the winter are female.
Livescience.com states, “male reindeer shed their antlers at the end of the mating season in early December, while females sport their thinner antlers throughout the winter.” So it is impossible that these antlered legends could be male. Boom.
Female reindeer are better insulated for the trip.
I don’t know if y’all put on a few pounds when the cold weather comes around but I know my pants fit a little tighter during the holiday season. It turns out that female reindeer pack on a little extra, too. Livescience.com goes on to explain that, “antlered deer (Rangifer tarandus) are used to the cold… sleigh-pulling reindeer are naturally covered with hollow hairs that trap in air and keep them well-insulated.”
And when it comes to the physical make up of the two sexes, females are better prepared for the part. “When the Christmas journey rolls around, male reindeer carry as low as 5 percent body fat, having lost much of their fatty stores during the energy-sapping mating season… Female reindeer, however, enter winter with about 50 percent body fat… which keeps the reindeer toasty in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit.” No wonder they can prance happily through snowstorms while I’m shivering as I shovel snow in my driveway.
It’s not just Rudolph’s nose that helps see the way, their eyes do, too.
I’m not a scientist but to sum it up, reindeer have better eyesight during the twilight hours that allows them to see better. Their ultraviolet range is superior as well as reindeer eyes are equipped with a reflective tissue behind the retina that reflects light back, enhancing night vision. Researchers at the University College London who found this say, “the layer of tissue changes color through the seasons. In Arctic summers, when there’s constant daylight, the tissue is yellow and so reflects a bunch of light back out of the eyes; in winter, when there’s complete darkness, the tissue turns a deep blue — a color that reflects less incoming light out of the eye.”
Ok, so this fact encompasses all reindeer forms – male, female, bigender, androgyne, etc. However, it shows that Santa knew what he was doing when he assembled his A-team. So ladies, it’s ok if everyone thinks Rudolph and the rest of the Christmas reindeer are male, we know the truth. Keep making dreams come true, mommies!
Read the full article on livescience.com and learn more, HERE
*disclaimer: we are not scientists, zoologists, biologists, or in any way affiliated with the research. If you are offended by this post, wow, sorry, but it’s just for fun. Men, we know you do a lot so let us have our fun. No haters allowed, ok?
Lauren is Co-founder and CMO of momsplained.com. A single mom, marketing pro, and avid DIYer, she spends her days playing as much as she works and working as much as she dreams. “Omnia Feminae Aequissimae (women are equal to everything).” – Lady Hale