Christmas Creatures

Happy December!! I’m going to be kicking off the Christmas themed posts now!

(Rangifer tarandus)

Relation to Christmas:
flj3snxf0jpoz4mnxjbp.jpgThe Reindeer are well known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph

Fun Facts:
– They are known as Reindeer in Europe but Caribou in North America.
– They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.
– Santa’s Reindeer would all be female as the males of the species shed their antlers in winter.

reindeer-jg-4.jpgWatch Santa’s Reindeer do “The Super Duper Looper” in Santa Clause: The Movie.








(Equus africanus asinus)

image-birmingham-donkeys-1465987874.jpgRelation to Christmas:
In Christianity, Mary rode to Bethlehem on a donkey.

Fun Facts:
– Donkeys large ears allow them to maintain their heat.
– Donkeys hate rain as their coat isn’t waterproof.
– You can have a Miniature Donkey, a Standard Donkey and a Mammoth Donkey.
– In Britain donkeys are required to have a passport.

donkey-vs-horse-2-Jean_Flickr.jpgListen to Little Donkey, the classic Christmas carol.





(Mus musculus)

Relation to Christmas:
close-up-of-a-house-mouse--mus-musculus--135602059-59dd295f845b340012697deb.jpg“Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”

Fun Facts:
– Mouse teeth grow constantly meaning they have to gnaw of things to keep them short.
– They have an average life expectancy of 9-12 months so some might never see a Christmas!


Read the full Christmas poem.





Honorary Mention

(Alpheus randalli)

shrimppistolcandystripe.jpgThis little guy has won itself an honourable mention simple because of its colourings. These little shrimp look like candy canes!





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