Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

Over the summer while we were staying in the Highlands of Scotland we visited the Cairngorm reindeer herd. Thousands of years ago Reindeers roamed freely in Scotland but were hunted to extinction then about 50 years ago the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre decided to re- introduce them. They have bought some from Norway and slowly bred and cared for a thriving herd. They have thousands of acres to roam on in the National park and live like they would have years ago. 
It was a treat to interact with these amazing animals, you can take a short hike from the center with knowledgable guides who truly adore the reindeer and you can feed and walk amongst them. 
They are very much free though once they have had enough of us humans they walk away. 

I was excited!

These were the males, and some were growing new antlers the females and the babies were up in the mountains.

If you listen closely as they walk you can hear a clicking sound, this is how they communicate with each other as not to lose heat and energy by making sounds when its very cold.

Folks be sure to visit if you go to Scotland. 

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