The first reindeer calves of 2018 arrived this weekend at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.
|Reindeer calves rest by their mothers at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.|
The arrival of first reindeer calf at the farm is a rite of spring. The newest calves, born to Bella and Nina, wobbled unsteadily this morning and enjoyed breakfast in the fenced fields opposite the Georgeson Botanical Garden.
Carr said the calves, two males and a female, seemed healthy. The bulls weighed 15 and 15.6 pounds and the female was 13.6 pounds.
The first calf usually arrives in early April so it’s a little later than usual. Altogether, 14 calves are expected this spring.
“April 20 is usually peak calving,” she said.
|A reindeer calf and his mother.|
As is tradition, schoolchildren are encouraged to submit names for the calves, which are named in July or August, after they are weaned. Children may submit names on the Reindeer Research Program website at http://reindeer.salrm.uaf.edu/index.php. Names selected last year include Olivia, Sebastian, Blaze, Mr. Antlers, Anouk, Boris, Mabel and Kobuk.