Reindeer

Reindeer
Reindeer

Reindeer are important animals in the North. They have three horns, two of which are situated on both sides of the head, but the third one—the smaller one in the middle—is for the reindeer to be able to defend itself against its enemies, particularly wolves. A reindeer has a mane like that of a horse in the neck, and a loud noise is given off by its hooves. The savages ride reindeer, since due to the structure of its cloven hooves it can easily proceed with a rider on its back over fields and even through the deep snowbanks of the mountains. A reindeer prefers to eat the leaves of trees while standing up, since the outward curving horns inhibit eating to the extent that if it attempts to eat grass or flowers from the ground, it must tilt its head in a troublesome manner. It is possible to milk a reindeer, and its skin and ligaments are used by the forest-dwellers in knitting clothing for themselves.