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Reindeer mum

17 July 2013 15:38
Close to the campground there are two mother reindeer with their calves. Usually we only have males close to town and the females stay near the bird cliff on rich vegetation. Note the relative small antlers. Female reindeer have invested most of their calcium stores in the young. After birth they develop poor antlers which is one of the major costs of parenthood as it makes winter survival more difficult.

Do you see the eartag?
Picture taken by Brigitte Weiss. Brigitte and Isabella make a tour to the mining area every day to read rings. So far they have encountered geese, reindeer and a polar bear.

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