March 28, 2020

Even Reindeer Get the Blues!



Even Reindeer Get the Blues!
Now we know how Rudolph felt when he was excluded from the reindeer games. Sergei Rusanov, RIA Novosti

Coronavirus's latest and, perhaps, saddest victim? Yakutia's 2020 International Reindeer Herder Competition.

"Arctic Skills," a yearly gathering and competition of young herders from throughout Russia's Far East and Siberia, set to be held in early April, has been postponed. The competition typically involves youth interested in reindeer husbandry from throughout Russia and Norway. Participants are judged on tasks intimately related to reindeer-herding, such as lasso-weaving, harness-donning, and providing emergency care in tundra conditions.

As in the States, the coronavirus pandemic has been dominating the news cycle. It appears that Russians have been meeting it with class, poise, and romance.

Fortunately, at least for the reindeer herders among us, Russia is taking measures to promote the hobby.

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