Monday 5 November 2012

An unexpected party

We don't normally get reindeer in around the institute. A few reindeer fences should put stop to them wandering through. However, our experiences at KAIRA indicate that one should not rely 100% on a reindeer fence and that there will always be occasions when these lovely creatures turn up for a party.

So, sure enough, the other day we did have a small herd wander in... I've no idea how they managed it! The first I heard of it was the doleful clanging of the bells that a few of them are wearing. They then spent a couple of hours digging through the snow trying to get at the left over grass from the past summer.

Reindeer at the EISCAT 32m dish at Sodankylä. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

The source of the clanging noise. (Photo: D. McKay-Bukowski)

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