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Females are Only Reindeer With Antlers at Christmastime

Aired December 22, 2001 - 08:59   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: With Christmas only three days away, we thought it's time you found out exactly who will be flying Santa's sled on his sled.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: They say girl power is the story here.

Here's Gina London with the facts.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose.

GINA LONDON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Did you ever think there was something funny about Santa's reindeer? I mean besides the flying and Rudolph's nose. Tradition seems to depict the annual event as a big boy's night out. But...

DAVID NICKOLAUS, DENVER ZOO: In reality, yes. The females lose their antlers in March and the males lose theirs before Christmas.

LONDON: So, all the reindeer pulling Santa must be girls.

NICKOLAUS: This reindeer right here walking along is Buster. He's our 10-year-old male and he's the one that just shed his antlers about a week ago.

LONDON: He looks more like a cow than a reindeer. So what about Dasher, Dancer and Prancer?

SANTA CLAUS: We should rename all the reindeer and make them female if they're female and not hide behind the facade that they're male. Jana and Elaine and Margaret.

LONDON (on camera): Naturally, when we discuss the traditions of Christmas, we talk to the real experts. And who knows more than kids?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose.

LONDON (voice-over): What else did they have to say about Santa's team?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Santa Claus and the reindeer, that's nice. LONDON: And it figures kids were more enlightened than most adults about what we thought was Santa's big secret.

(on camera): Are the reindeer girls or boys?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Girls.

LONDON (voice-over): Mrs. Claus knew the truth all along.

MRS. CLAUS: Most of the work behind every man there's a good woman.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.

LONDON: Gina London, CNN, Denver.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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