This little grouping of deer and reindeer includes, Baltic, a member of the Coca-Cola International Bean Bag Collection. Baltis is a reindeer or caribou and he represents the country of Sweden. Baltis is the dark caribou second in from the right. Other reindeer at Jeannie's Cottage include a Cuddlekins Reindeer by Wild Republic Roxie the Beanie Baby (with either a red or black nose), Rudy Pitoody from Boyds (who is actually a white bear in a reindeer outfit), Whisper the baby deer (a Beanie Baby seen at far left) and a Russ Reindeer. We also have two Puffkin deer in the middle named Rudy (red nose) and Swifty.
Reindeer are large arctic and subarctic deer, the American species of which is called caribou.
Reindeer or caribou (Rangifer tarandus) inhabit northern forests and tundra. The reindeer's hardiness is perhaps due to its stomach, which hosts special bacteria enabling these animals to digest lichens, the major portion of their diet. All caribou move around and many herds undertake great migrations in the spring and autumn. In summer, they graze on the grasses, sedges, and lichens of the open tundra. In winter, they move south into the northern parts of the boreal forest, where they can browse on vegetation and seek shelter from the cold.
Both male and female reindeer have antlers, although the male's are much larger. The animal is about 6 to 7 feet long and about 4 feet tall at the shoulder. They weigh about 240 pounds. The main predator of the caribou is the wolf.