Baby Reindeer Is Born - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Baby Reindeer Is Born

Published June 11, 2015

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Reykjavík Park and Zoo

For the first time in seven years, a reindeer has been born at the Reykjavík Park and Zoo.

The Reykjavík Park and Zoo reports that the young reindeer was born nearly two weeks ago, and the first to be born in the zoo in seven years. At that time, the new calf’s mother, Regína, was born.

The father, Tindur, is originally from northeast Iceland – where reindeer are plentiful – and arrived at the zoo about two year ago. Regína managed to greatly surprise zoo employees when they realised she was pregnant, as it was thought that she was gelded.

While not native to Iceland, reindeer have been a permanent fixture of the landscape ever since they were imported to the island from Norway in the 18th century.

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