Girl Power! Santa's 'Secret' About His Sleigh Team Shakes the Web

© AFP 2023 / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDSanta Claus waves as he stands with a reindeer and sled outside Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland on December 15, 2011
Santa Claus waves as he stands with a reindeer and sled outside Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland on December 15, 2011 - Sputnik International
Another massive “twitterstorm” was recently sparked after one user claimed that the flying reindeer pulling a sleigh through the night sky are actually female, not male.

Can you recall all Santa Claus's eight reindeer by names? "Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Dunder and Blixem! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!" goes the 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore.  By default, many considered the magical animals were male, but one extraordinary theory regarding their gender has recently triggered a hot online debate.

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According to Cat Reynolds, a student from New York, Santa's sleigh team is all-women as they all have splendid antlers, while male reindeer drop theirs in winter.

Obviously, the bold claim has gone viral, sending Twitter into a frenzy of excitement.

Many people were delighted by this suggestion, sharing it to their followers with great enthusiasm.

But a lot of users responded with doubt and disbelief. Some were completely upset with the pro-girl reindeer hypothesis.

Others argued the animals could be males but castrated or not fully mature ones.

Interestingly, the science is on Cat's side; according to a study made by a team from University of Alaska Fairbanks, male reindeer indeed shed their antlers at the end of the mating season in early December, while females sport their thinner antlers throughout the winter.

Chicago Zoological Society's experts wrote the same in their blog. "Adult male reindeer will lose their antlers in early December, so we are certain, scientifically speaking, Santa's reindeer aren't adult males. Female reindeer will keep their entire rack until the summer. Their rack stays longer so they can protect their babies from predators," they said in a post.

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