What if you had to grow 20 pounds of bone on your head each year just to find a mate? In a bloody, itchy process, males of the deer family grow a new set of antlers every year, use them to fend off the competition, and lose their impressive crowns when breeding season ends.
As you already probably know, Christmas is a busy time for many, so I am taking a break from AT&F for a couple more days, but it will be coming back after this little break. Hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Question from a fan: “Will AT&F have a Christmas themed episode?”
Answer: Probably not, since Christmas is different in Equestria. They have Hearth Warming Eve. I don’t want to make episodes that date and age the characters. So lets say I have two Christmas specials, one for each year. One now, one in the future. That would mean two years have passed in Adorkable Twilight’s universe, and I don’t want to do want that.
Boreal Woodland Reindeer or Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou)
Genetically and physiologically, Reindeer are the same species as Caribou.
The name Reindeer probably came from the Sami (native Laplanders) name for the species, Raingo. The name Caribou came from the Mi'kmaq (First Nations language spoken from Nova Scotia all the way through Boston) name, qalipu, meaning “snow shoveler”, coming from its winter foraging habits.
The species lives throughout the arctic circle, and there are many subspecies, specialized for life on everything from the open tundra, bushy plains, dense woodland, and rocky mountain forests. Both sexes grow antlers that are branching and flat at the end. These are the only Cervidae where all individuals grow antlers. The antlers are crucial to foraging during the winter, when the species subsides off of mosses, fungi, and lichen beneath the snow.
In the wild, golden eagles and wolverines can occasionally take out calves, but the most prolific hunter of both juvenile and adult reindeer is the grey wolf. In native-managed herds, the opportunistic wolverine is the primary threat to the young and injured.
The Wild Beasts of the World Vol II. Frank Finn, 1909.
SO YOU KNOW THOSE REINDEER ANTLERS THAT PEOPLE WEAR AROUND CHRISTMAS
7th year, Sirius finds out about them. and he buys a pair. and wears them around James and James is like “yeah haha good one Pads you got me very funny”
then a few days later, James walks into the Great Hall to join his friends for for food time and there’s all three of them wearing those damn antlers. James just turns around and leaves, he wasn’t that hungry anyways.
Sirius gets Lily a pair. she wears them to do headgirl/boy things with James. “Lily, i thought you loved me.”
James get called to McGonagall’s office “you wanted to see me?” closes the door behind him then looks up and there she is sitting at her desk, wearing antlers. James sees himself out. alternatively, McGonagall in cat form walking around with cat sized antlers like the ones you can get for dogs.
After a quidditch game, there’s a victory party in Gryffindor Tower. everyone’s there turnin’ it tf up. James goes up to his room to get another bottle of firewhiskey. he comes back down and everyone is wearing those god damn antlers. EVERYONE. everyone from every year. even the kids just now coming in through the port hole. he goes back upstairs and starts packing to leave Hogwarts forever.
the marauders are walking down the hall and Dumbledor passes in front of them wearing antlers on top of his pointy hat. “Paaads!” “i didn;t give those to him, i swear!”