Finland: Reindeer get fluorescent antler makeovers

 
 
Fluorescent reindeer
Fluorescent reindeer
Anne Ollila / AP

Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland. Anne Ollila, of the Finnish Reindeer Herders Association, said the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted with various fluorescent dyes to see how the animals react and whether the paints are resistant to the harsh climate. If successful, animals with glittering antlers will be free to roam Lapland — a vast, deserted area in northern Finland where herders tend to about 200,000 reindeer. Ollila says reflectors and reflective tape were unsuccessful because reindeer tore them off — and road signs warning drivers of roaming reindeer often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.

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