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Svalbard Reindeer

Svalbard Reindeer

Love to walk around town

Svalbard Reindeer - urban and wild!

The Svalbard reindeer have no natural predators in Svalbard, and they are not really scared of humans or other animals. You’ll often find them wandering right through  Longyearbyen, and sometimes they irritate car drivers by walking in the middle of the road. Locals find themselves enjoying morning coffee watching wild reindeers grassing just outside of the window.
 
Svalbard’s Rudolf is sweet-faced and stubby-legged, and is actually a very interesting animal. Did you know that there are about 10 000 Svalbard reindeer in total? That they are all wild, and can walk 5000 km in a year? That’s almost as far as London to New York! They will spend almost all of their time feeding in order to accumulate enough fat to help them survive the cold winter.

And not to mention, Rudolf has a wonderful nose. It heats up the ice cold air from -40 degrees to +38 degrees celsius, within the time the air reaches the lungs. The colder it is, the more efficient the nose is.

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