Red-nosed Reindeer: The Story of the Reindeer Snot Bot

Maybe it wasn’t light at all, but something far darker, that turned Rudolph’s nose red.

During the peak of summer in the far north of Scandinavia, reindeer have forsaken the snow and lichen of winter and are busy foraging on the soft new plant growth like sedge and cotton grass, fireweed and goldenrod and the leaves of birch and willow trees. With abundant food the reindeer gorge themselves, putting on weight before the return of winter, while the new calves, who were born in the spring, grow alongside their mothers. It is a carefree time of plenty — or it should be, but reindeer aren’t the only animals in the north enjoying the season of abundance.

During a warm sunny day, hovering in front of a reindeer’s face is what looks like a fuzzy, yellow and black bee,…

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