Reindeer with Extra Ears

Say hello to Santa’s new lead reindeer! (Sorry, Rudolph.)

For Cletus, the fine specimen of Rangifer tarandus we see here, calved in June of last year with a unique and distinct feature — an extra set of ears. Now grown into a sturdy male, Cletus will prove of great assistance to Ol’ Saint Nick and the rest of the gang.

When soaring about the planet on blustery, blizzardly Christmas Eves, seems Santa’s calls to his team leader are often lost unheard in the howling snowy void. Having sharp-hearing Clete at the front of the pack will insure that the Jolly Old Elf can once again reliably guide his sleigh without going hoarse. (Rudolph’s beacon is often of limited value anyway in the midst of dense clouds and truly terrible snowfalls.)

With the addition of Cletus to the front of Father Christmas’ sleigh-team, the elder Dancer will finally get some long-needed rest, sitting out this year’s global gift delivery. The hearty hoofer will at last get a chance to tenderize those sore feet in a week’s long soak in the handy hydrotherapy mini-spa acquired by Mrs. Claus online.  

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triosol 6 years ago

nice pic :)


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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

Thanks, triosol! I have some similar pics for my Whopper Spaniel, the Cactoose, and the Prayer to the Rabbit God, among others. Hope you enjoy. Regards, Rick Z


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Poor Rudolph, I guess it's off to the unemployment line. Too funny!


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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

If Rudy's not too picky, I understand there's an opening for a rear door nightlight at the Honey Bunny Men's Club in Anchorage . . .


Uma07 6 years ago

Rick,I'm not sure I understand this but is Rangifer tarandus the binomial nomenclature for cletus.Sorry if I sound dumb but I would like to know coz I cannot travel to North Pole you know. :D


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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

Yes, Uma, Rangifer tarandus is the binomial nomenclature given to the particular species of reindeer (or caribou) by zoologists when classifying the animals. Cletus (or Clete, for short) just happened to be the popular Southern name I opted to give this particular cartoon reindeer. The name 'Cletus' supposedly means 'illustrious' and was derived from the Greeks. (I don't get to the North Pole much, either, but I sure get to the encyclopedia!)


Uma07 6 years ago

LOL! Thanks.That was useful.I didn't think of the encyclopedia....just slipped off my mind.


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

Great story and I enjoyed the art work as well. Your cartoon drawings are really good.


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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

Thanks, Chuck. I keep churning 'em out . . .

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