Meet the woman who takes care of Santa’s reindeer
A big attraction at the Santa Claus house this time of year is Santa’s reindeer. Rebecca Jones takes care of the reindeer in North Pole seven days a week.
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that it’s like, ‘you don’t even have a job, you just have a really cool hobby,’” Jones said. “No, this is a labor of love, it really is. Santa’s got eight reindeer. They have a very important job to do, so we gotta make sure they’re in tip-top shape.”
She holds a degree in natural resources management with a focus on high latitude agriculture, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in large animal sciences, both of which go a long way for her job.
She knows what to feed them so they’ll be healthy in captivity and also understands herd behavior.
“This is like having a house full of teenage boys,” she joked.
She said each reindeer has a personality of their own.
“So Prancer is here at the end, we’ve got Dancer here in the middle, this little guy that’s loving’ up on me is Vixen,” Jones said. “Donder’s over here, we’ve got baby Blitzen and baby Cupid back there, and in the far corner we’ve got Comet and Dasher.”
Jones said the public can visit the reindeer all year round, not just during the Christmas season. She said North Pole has the spirit of Christmas every day of the year.