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Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer

Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer | Finland | Scoop.it
This is not your typical reindeer. While others are gearing up to guide Santa's sleigh, Aatu, a Finnish reindeer is working on his tableside manners, munching on moss and staying warm indoors. 
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In Finland, a woman has domesticated a reindeer named Aatu. Aatu was adopted when he was abandoned in the wilderness by his mother. Aatu is very friendly with his owner and loves to eat moss. my question is how long do these reindeers live for?

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Bear cub photographed dancing Gangnam Style in Finland

Bear cub photographed dancing Gangnam Style in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Just when you thought Gangnam Style could not get any bigger, the K-pop hit has crossed over to the animal kingdom. A small bear cub has been photographed doing Psy's famous moves in Finland.
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Finland study shows pets in homes keep infants more healthy | Global Animal

Finland study shows pets in homes keep infants more healthy | Global Animal | Finland | Scoop.it
 (ANIMAL STUDY) Research conducted in Finland provides yet another reason why pets are a great addition to a family. According to the recent study, infants living in homes with pets are less likely to have health-related problems than those living without. While the exact reasoning for this correlation remains uncertain, the unprecedented findings shines a new light onto our relationship with animals. — Global Animal
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Wolf sighted in a national park

Wolf sighted in a national park | Finland | Scoop.it

The popular Isosuo National Park near Turku had an unusual visitor on Sunday
evening, when a wolf was sighted there. Police recommended the public to avoid wandering around the park for the next couple of days.

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Polar bear cub born in Lapland zoo

Polar bear cub born in Lapland zoo | Finland | Scoop.it

Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland has announced the birth of a new polar bear cub. The cub, born to parents Venus and Manasse on 18 November, has now survived the most critical period for newborn polar bears.

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Finland to go after animal welfare activists for filming inside factory farms | This Dish Is Veg - Vegan, Animal Rights, Eco-friendly News

Finland to go after animal welfare activists for filming inside factory farms | This Dish Is Veg - Vegan, Animal Rights, Eco-friendly News | Finland | Scoop.it
RT @thisdishisveg Finland to go after #animal welfare activists for filming inside factory farms http://t.co/nRf3VUAq...
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These playful bear cubs are having a tree-mendous time in the woods

These playful bear cubs are having a tree-mendous time in the woods | Finland | Scoop.it
The cubs - thought to be less than one year old - danced, fought and climbed trees in Taiga Forest, Finland, as their mother looked on ("The brown bears of Finland have to be one of the best wildlife watching experiences in Europe." http://t.co/NrhIkXq...)...
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Finlandsends reindeer to Russia - Good News from Finland

Finlandsends reindeer to Russia - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is sending 16 forest reindeer to Russia to try to secure the survival of the threatened species...
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Lack of snow keeping bears awake

Lack of snow keeping bears awake | Finland | Scoop.it

The mild and snowless winter in most parts of the country has disturbed the hibernation of wild bears. For example, a bear awakened from its winter slumber was seen near Lappeenranta on Boxing Day, likely on route to an alternative den.

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Polar bear cub thriving

Polar bear cub thriving | Finland | Scoop.it
A polar bear cub, born at Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland on November 18th, is
growing day-by-day, according to park operators, and is fast becoming the
darling of the international mass media.
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Maija the police reindeer dies in traffic accident

Maija the police reindeer dies in traffic accident | Finland | Scoop.it

Maija, the traffic safety mascot for Finnish police in Lapland, died in a traffic accident on Kittiläntie in Rovaniemi on Saturday.
Maija [presumably named after the colloquial term for a police van Musta Maija, i.e. Black Maria] usually accompanied the police at PR events, campaigning for road safety.
However, Maija’s calf Artturi, born last spring, will follow in his mother’s footsteps as a road safety ambassador, reports the Rovaniemi Police Department.

According to the police, this is one of the worst seasons of the year for reindeer accidents.
A total of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 motor vehicle accidents involving reindeer occur in the reindeer herding areas of the north every year.

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Finland: The Owl and the Financier - Forbes India

Finland: The Owl and the Financier - Forbes India | Finland | Scoop.it

Image: Joe McDonald/ Corbis
A Great Grey Owl hunts field mice

 

The voles, Leena’s email says, are numerous.

It’s what we’ve been waiting to hear all through the Northern winter. Her earlier reports on Finland’s vole population contained a map of the country, colour-coded to indicate the vole density. We are happy for the voles (small mouse-like rodents), but what we’re really interested in is their predator: Owls.

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Bears enjoying ice lollies at Korkeasaari zoo

Bears enjoying ice lollies at Korkeasaari zoo | Finland | Scoop.it
Bears at the Helsinki Zoo in Korkeasaari are dealing with the heat through
methods familiar to many holidaymakers: they laze about, swim and eat
ice-cream.
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