When Santa makes his annual flight around the world, he has the light from Rudolph’s red nose to guide him, but the reindeer herders in Oslo, Norway have their own way of keeping the local herd of reindeer visible during the long northern winter – reflectors.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has outfitted about 2,000 local reindeer with yellow reflective collars to help them not get hit by vehicles this year. In past years, nearly 500 of the deer are struck by cars, which is dangerous to both the reindeer and the people in the car..
Since in Norway the winter makes it stay dark most of the time, this makes the yellow reflective collars especially valuable. Tests showed that the collars were working, and made the reindeer much easier to be seen. This makes things much better for the drivers in the area, as well as any deer crossing the road.
So, is it possible that good ole St Nick will also add the yellow reflective collars to his team of nine? Perhaps since his team is flying through the air instead of driving along the roadside, you wouldn’t think he would need them, but there is something to say for being able to be seen by aircraft, too.
So, the next time you see Santa and the reindeer flying through the air, it may be eight tiny reindeer proudly helping the Norwegians test out their new reflective collars. And even if not, the collars are still keeping both cars and reindeer safe.