The only white reindeer in the UK is preparing for Christmas

The calves are part of a herd of 150 reindeer living in one of the UK’s national parks

The adorable calves, named Vanilla, Mr Whippy and 99, were born in summer and are now ready to join the rest of their herd as the animals roam the UK in Run until Christmas.

Once they’ve traveled across the country meeting the kids and their families throughout December, the flock will of course perform their most important mission – helping Santa deliver the presents. christmas eve.

“Beautiful Soothing Animals”

The herd, the UK’s only reindeer, lives in the Cairngorms National Park, the largest park in the UK and located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Here, snowy and arctic conditions provide the best plants for reindeer.

Mikkel Otsi and his wife, Dr. Ethel Lindgren, brought the first reindeer from Swedish Lapland in 1952 as an experiment, and they’ve been herding the land ever since.

Tilly Smith, owner of the Cairngworm Reindeer Center who looks after the herd, said: “The Cairngorms are ideal for reindeer. We are centrally located within the Highlands which means we have a more continental climate. We are more likely to have cold, snowy and Arctic-like conditions which provide the best vegetation.” Although our mountains are wide and impressive, they are also gentle, which is suitable for a reindeer, for they are not the most intelligent.

Three calves of rare white reindeer, the only herd in the UK, are getting ready for Christmas.

Mark Tate, CEO of VisitCairngorms, said: “The Cairngorm Reindeer is a firm favorite among our winter visitors and it’s easy to see why. They are beautiful, calming animals and add to the magical winter wonderland that makes winter come alive in Cairngorms National Park.” “They have done an amazing job tending the flock over the years. Thanks to the really special environment we have here at the Cairngorms, they have managed to thrive and grow.”

Very rare animals

The white reindeer is extremely rare, and is said to be a symbol of happiness for the indigenous people of Northern Europe. White reindeer are uncommon, making up less than 1% of the deer population, and are also known as Liuce deer. Liuce deer is not a separate species of deer and any type of deer can be sick. The genetic mutation that causes a deficiency in pigment production leads to leucorrhea.

Other types of animals, such as squirrels, cats, and horses, can also be restless. Most leucorrhea have only partial leucorrhoea. This means that only parts of their skin or fur lack pigmentation. or example, a partially ridden deer may have white spots on a normal coat. White deer with leucism are even rarer and have all-white coats.

Vanilla’s reindeer Mr. Webby and 99 were born in summer and are now ready to join the rest of the herd as they tour the UK in the run-up to Christmas.

There are currently around 150 reindeer, including the white, in the reindeer herd at Cairngorm. It is predominately situated on the Cairngorm Mountains with the remainder being on the Glenlivet Estate, the sites being approximately 30 miles apart.

Visitors are welcome to visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Center all year round and there is a daily guided excursion to see reindeer. During the winter the flight may depend on whether the staff can find the herd as they roam freely and it may not be easy to locate them. The reindeer are tame, however, and like to be visited by the public.

During the December tour of the UK, each of the reindeer will only do two weeks of work before returning to their mountain home, so each reindeer gets a chance to meet the crowd but also gets a good rest before Christmas too.

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