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NORAD Tracks Santa

Hey Kids, 
Santa will be leaving the North Pole in just a matter of minutes, If you would like to track his whereabouts and follow him and his reindeer around the globe in real time, then you need to contact NORAD throughout the day. 
  

The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site is the form of a public relations program by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) involving the countries of Canada and the USA. Every year for over fifty years on Christmas Eve NORAD has told stories of how their powerful tracking systems such as the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) detected Santa Claus leaving the North Pole to deliver his presents.

Santa will be taking off from the North Pole and making his first stop of the night in Auckland New Zealand at 5:00 am (eastern standard time).
 You can check in hourly at the NORAD Santa tracker, to see just how close Santa is to delivering presents to your house.   

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NORAD Tracks Santa

Hey Kids, 
Santa will be leaving the North Pole in just a matter of minutes, If you would like to track his whereabouts and follow him and his reindeer around the globe in real time, then you need to contact NORAD throughout the day. 
  

The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site is the form of a public relations program by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) involving the countries of Canada and the USA. Every year for over fifty years on Christmas Eve NORAD has told stories of how their powerful tracking systems such as the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) detected Santa Claus leaving the North Pole to deliver his presents.

Santa will be taking off from the North Pole and making his first stop of the night in Auckland New Zealand at 5:00 am (eastern standard time).
 You can check in hourly at the NORAD Santa tracker, to see just how close Santa is to delivering presents to your house.   

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Do Gender Bending Reindeer Pull Santa’s Sleigh?

I have a question for you, why hasn’t Santa ever gotten lost during his annual trek around the world on Christmas Eve? Well, his reindeer just might be female and don’t mind stopping for directions.

According to Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor at Texas A&M University who specializes in deer, points to the antlers as evidence. As it turns out, reindeer grow antlers regardless of gender, and most bull males shed theirs before Christmas. This leads to her theory of Santa’s team being comprised of females.

Greg Finstad disagrees. Finstad manages the Reindeer Research Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and he believes that the reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh are castrated (Ouch) males know as steers.

He argues that female reindeer could not possibly pull Santa’s sleigh because most females would be pregnant and expecting. Bulls would have shed their antlers by Christmas and been tuckered out from rutting season, so that would leave steers as the only likely reindeer to pull Santa’s sleigh.

I have to agree, there’s just no way females are pulling that sleigh. Why do I say this? It’s a guy thing, there’s just no way.  All those toys, at supersonic speed, racing around the world in 24 hours, it’s a job only guys could handle and appreciate.  

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Do Gender Bending Reindeer Pull Santa’s Sleigh?

I have a question for you, why hasn’t Santa ever gotten lost during his annual trek around the world on Christmas Eve? Well, his reindeer just might be female and don’t mind stopping for directions.

According to Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor at Texas A&M University who specializes in deer, points to the antlers as evidence. As it turns out, reindeer grow antlers regardless of gender, and most bull males shed theirs before Christmas. This leads to her theory of Santa’s team being comprised of females.

Greg Finstad disagrees. Finstad manages the Reindeer Research Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and he believes that the reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh are castrated (Ouch) males know as steers.

He argues that female reindeer could not possibly pull Santa’s sleigh because most females would be pregnant and expecting. Bulls would have shed their antlers by Christmas and been tuckered out from rutting season, so that would leave steers as the only likely reindeer to pull Santa’s sleigh.

I have to agree, there’s just no way females are pulling that sleigh. Why do I say this? It’s a guy thing, there’s just no way.  All those toys, at supersonic speed, racing around the world in 24 hours, it’s a job only guys could handle and appreciate.  

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Filed under Alaska Fairbanks University, Alice Blue-McLendon, antlers, Bulls, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Greg Finstad, reindeer, Santa Claus, sleigh ride, steers, Texas AM University