Scotland’s Reindeer

No doubt you know of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Likely you’ve come across — even told — tales of Donner and Blitzen. But Springbok, Jara, Macaroon — and Elvis? These are reindeer names too. These reindeer live in the Cairngorm reindeer herd live in the Cairngorm Mountains and the Cromdale Hills, about six miles south of Aviemore in the eastern Highlands. The herd, which generally has between one hundred and one hundred fifty deer, represent the dream of reindeer herdsman Mike Utsi, from Sweden. Back in 1952, he and his wife Doctor Ethel Lindgren had the idea that reindeer

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