White Reindeer

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White Reindeer

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Character Data
Also known as: White Caribou
Japanese Name: ホワイトカリブー
Romanised Name: howaito karibuu
First Featured in:  ?
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus
Distribution: North America, Eurasia
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 15-16 years
Read More: Reindeer
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
White Reindeer Pavilion

The White Reindeer is a type of mammal Friend first revealed in a piece of merchandise. In 2019, she made her first Kemono Friends media debut in Kemono Friends Pavilion.

Appearance

Being a variation of Reindeer, White Reindeer shares much in common with her. Her white hair is in the same twintails style, with pink and white bows tying them. Her antlers are lighter, but appear the same shape. Her fur-trimmed coat is also white, with a silver bell attached to the collar. She wears pink gloves and a short brown skirt under the coat. Her double-sided spear has the traditional animal-based antler shape of other similar friends, and is white with pink tips. She wears white tights under white fur-trimmed boots with brown laces and soles.

In Real Life

White Reindeer may refer to either a genetic mutation different from albinism or the smaller, whiter subspecies of reindeer living further north. To camouflage, the northern populations have a whiter coat to blend in with the snow while the ones living further south are darker to blend into the landscape of the tundra. Due to less available food, the northern ones are also smaller.

Reindeer are special among deer as both sexes grow antlers; males begin in to grow them in March and April while females start in May or June. The males use them to fight over the right to mate and they will shed them after the mating season in late autumn. Females will keep their antlers for a little longer until just before growing a new pair allowing them to use them to dig into the snow and ground to find nutritious roots and other food.

The Reindeer was domesticated by the peoples around the north pole, like the Saami. It is very important to the survival of the peoples, as they provide fur, meat and bones used for clothes, shelter, food and tools, but also as beasts of burden to carry packs and pull sleds. They're the only domesticated species of deer.

Trivia

  • Due to a lack of materials featuring her scientific name, White Reindeer's real-life origin is ambiguous. She may be representative of a leucistic or albino reindeer, or she may represent the peary caribou, a subspecies of reindeer notable for its coat; the coat is completely white during the winter, and turns slate-gray in the summer - however, the legs and underside of the animal remain white.
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