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Reindeer get a glowing makeover

Twenty reindeer in Finland had their antlers painted in an effort to avoid accidents.

Anne Ollila via Associated Press

Twenty reindeer in Finland had their antlers painted in an effort to avoid accidents.

HELSINKI — Rudolph is getting a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming reindeer in the wilds of Finland.

Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder’s Association says the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted with fluorescent dyes to see how the animals react and whether the paints are resistant to the harsh Arctic climate.

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If successful, animals will be free to roam Lapland — a vast area where herders tend to some 200,000 reindeer.

Ollila said reflectors and reflective tape have been torn off by the reindeer — and road signs warning drivers of the animals often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.

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