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Of “Flying Reindeer Theory” – and of Reindeer “Gliding” and Appearing to Be “Flying”

As has been our custom, at this time of year, ohDEER publishes here a post about a special member of the scientifically classified family Cervidae – most commonly called and referred to as deer.

ohDEER – the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control – has a relationship with deer that we do not have with our other foes: mosquitoes and ticks..

You see, mosquitoes and ticks are just about all bad as far as we humans are concerned.

Now, we don’t deny nor ignore that mosquitoes do a bit of pollinating, and are a food source for birds, turtles, bats, and … in their larval stage … fish.  We also acknowledge that that ticks are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for turkeys, chickens, opossums … and other critters.

But, for the most part, mosquitoes and ticks represent and are about the potential to transmit, and the transmitting of, disease directly to humans, pets, and livestock.

Deer are also a problem.  These hoofed ruminant mammals are hosts for the aptly-named deer tick (yes, the illness spreader) – and deer like to munch on and consume shrubs, flowers, leaves, twigs, and branches … which can result in despoiled landscapes.  They can also ruin trees with their antler and forehead rubbing.

That is why people and companies turn to ohDEER to apply the solutions that make yards and business properties unappealing and inhospitable to deer, without injuring the animals.

But deer have a lot of upside.

In form and function, deer are beautiful, elegant, powerful, and magnificent.  They also offer humans calories that are healthy: nutritious, low-fat, and protein-rich.

And then there are the flying reindeer that transport Santa Claus and his sleigh full of toys and goodies around the globe on Christmas Eve and into Christmas morning.

Phenomenal. Remarkable. These flying reindeer.

Please click here and here and here to be transported to posts on this blog from past years that feature flying and non-flying reindeer.

Truth be told – we can’t get enough of, learn enough about, flying reindeer.

We are big-time fans of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner (or Donder), and Blixen … and Rudolph.

And when we discovered an online video – created and produced by the esteemed and renowned Oregon Zoo, the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi River – that provides  extraordinary and startling background and explanation on the flying abilities of reindeer, we were … and are … compelled to share it.

In the video, titled, “Flying Reindeer Theory,” which was first broadcast in 2009, Oregon Zoo bird curator Shawn St. Michael discusses flying reindeer facets such as “loose belly skin” that, when the animal leaps “creates a flap of skin” between the fore and hind legs that “helps them glide great distances.”


Mr. St. Michael, who has not seen reindeer fly, comments that because there are “so few actual eyewitness accounts, we have a hard time pinning down what the leaping ability of the flying reindeer is.  But likely some of these extended leaps may be a quarter-mile or better.  So it would appear to the person looking up into the sky that these animals were actually flying.”

This explains a lot.  It is all beginning to make sense.

Shawn St. Michael has more to say about flying reindeer.

Please click here to be taken to the full video.

ohDEER wishes for all that the flying reindeer land safely and relatively quietly upon your roof.

And ohDEER extends to all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Greetings!!