Yes, as strange as it sounds, scientists have decided that Santa’s reindeer would actually be all-female, instead of whatever we thought they were.
Because what else do scientists have to do with their time than weigh in on the gender of Santa’s nine reindeer, but alas, they have. Two professors at Edinburgh University have the reason why.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph might sound like male names, but as of now, they are gender-neutral. It’s 2020. Why not. This is your time to shine, ladies.
Santa’s Girl Gang of Reindeer
Originally introduced in the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or better known as “The Night Before Christmas,” and again in the classic Christmas song, “Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer”, Rudolph, and the other deer have been viewed as males. However, Gerald Lincoln and David Baird say there is a single reason why they are wrong. Female reindeers still have their antlers during Christmas time. The males shed theirs earlier in the month.
“Male reindeer actually cast their antlers before Christmas, so they don’t have any antlers at Christmastime,” says Lincoln. “They have their mating season in autumn when they use their antlers to fight, but once it finishes, they cast them. I just wanted to remind people that it is never quite so straightforward, and even females develop weapons when it comes to the real world of seasonal breeding.”
Lincoln says that there is a catch, however. While studying the animals, he found out that if a male reindeer is castrated, it stops the process of shedding the antlers.
“Rudolph could be a castrated male or a female. I think it’s nicest to think that Rudolph was a female!” says Lincoln.
If we are really going to poke holes in the story, I don’t know if we would have started with the gender of the flying deer that travel around the whole world in a night.