Ottawa-based mammal expert Donna Naughton says that if Santas reindeer were real, theyd be females and pregnant.
She says a reindeers sex can be determined by looking at their antlers.
Since male reindeer drop their antlers by November, Naughton says the antlered ones guiding Santas sleigh on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) must be female.
She says St. Nicks caribou are probably pregnant because 90 percent of female reindeer are sperminated by Christmas time.
However, Santa doesnt have to worry about overworking his pregnant reindeer because theyre resilient and hearty.
Naughton says reindeer are the best mammals Kris Kringle couldve picked to lead his global sleigh trip because theyre efficient, no-fuss animals.
She says their medium size makes them easy to handle and theyre very capable of long-distance traveling.
They also dont eat much food, so Santa doesnt have to worry about them stealing his milk and cookies.
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