Rein­deer didn’t see red over nose

Western Mail - - NEWS -

RUDOLPH the rein­deer prob­a­bly wasn’t bul­lied for his fa­mous crim­son snout – be­cause rein­deer can­not see red.

In news that may shock the North Pole, Univer­sity of Ex­eter sci­en­tists have re­vealed that Santa’s sleigh-pullers lack the colour-de­tect­ing eye cells that hu­mans use to de­tect red.

The same ap­plies to orange – so Don­ner, Bl­itzen and the rest might strug­gle to spot any car­rots left out for them at Christ­mas.

“Rein­deer can’t see red light or tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween red, orange and green,” ex­plained Pro­fes­sor Martin Stevens, of the Univer­sity of Ex­eter.

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