Why does Rudolph’s nose glow red?
Rudolph actually has a medical condition called nasus roseus (pronounced “NAY-suss ROSE-ee-us”) that makes his nose glow bright red like a light bulb. It doesn’t hurt, though, so don’t worry. And if you’re familiar with the story of Rudolph, you’ll know that his glowing nose makes it possible for Santa to complete his mission even in a blizzard or heavy fog.

Do Reindeer really fly?
Most reindeer can’t fly, but Santa’s reindeer are special. Because they’re magic, they can fly very high and very far without getting tired.

Do Reindeer live in a barn to be protected from the cold at the North Pole?
Reindeer are used to cold weather, and actually prefer it, but even reindeer need protection from the elements at the North Pole. They get to live in a cozy barn during the coldest weather. When they’re not in training for the sleigh pull, they get to spend time in a top-secret pasture area in a (slightly) warmer climate, where they get to have fun and graze on grass.

Gary Beall DVM
Chip Beall DVM
Springboro Veterinary Hospital
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