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Reindeer Rangifer tarandus Shoulder height 0.9-1.2m Long-legged deer. Feeds on low-growing plants, including mosses and lichens. Both sexes have antlers – used to clear snow in winter for feeding. Adult is grey-brown; coat is thickest in winter. Male (bull) is thickset with asymmetrical, palmate antlers from early spring to mid-winter. Female (cow) has shorter antlers that lack palmations; shed in May. Calf is greyish brown. Utters grunting sounds. Formerly native to Britain but extinct by 12th Century. Domesticated animals introduced from Scandinavia now roam Cairngorms.
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Reindeer Rangifer tarandus Shoulder height 0.9-1.2m Long-legged deer. Feeds on low-growing plants, including mosses and lichens. Both sexes have antlers – used to clear snow in winter for feeding. Adult is grey-brown; coat is thickest in winter. Male (bull) is thickset with asymmetrical, palmate antlers from early spring to mid-winter. Female (cow) has shorter antlers that lack palmations; shed in May. Calf is greyish brown. Utters grunting sounds. Formerly native to Britain but extinct by 12th Century. Domesticated animals introduced from Scandinavia now roam Cairngorms.

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Date: 8 Sep 2006
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Credit: DAVID OSBORN/NPL
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