NCBI ROFL: The real reason Rudolph's nose is red.

By ncbi rofl | December 24, 2010 7:00 pm

rudolph picEpidemiology of reindeer parasites.

“Every Christmas we sing about Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer, but do we give much thought to why his nose is red? The general consensus is that Rudolf has caught a cold, but as far as I know no proper diagnosis has been made of his abnormal condition. I think that, rather than having a cold, Rudolf is suffering from a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. To some this may seem a bit far-fetched as one would not expect an animal living with Santa Claus at the North Pole to be plagued by parasites, but I shall show otherwise.”

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Photo: flickr/Mykl Roventine

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