Reindeer are renowned for possessing multiple impressive abilities, from zooming at top speeds through the stratosphere to deftly pulling a sleigh holding a multitude of presents to landing lightly upon rooftops, all without waking the home's sleeping denizens.
But a reindeer's ability to elicit a deep sigh from any nearby human, as well as an occasional heartfelt "awww" or squeal, must be duly noted, too. It's an adorable ability that's on full 'n furry display at the Los Angeles Zoo through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at the Reindeer Romp Holiday Celebration.
Real reindeers are the stars — they're taking a little r&r ahead of and after Christmas, we should note — and the pair of baby reindeers that are a notable part of the 2016 party are getting plenty of fawning press.
"Fawning," of course, was said with a punny wink, though reindeer don't go by "fawn" or any other deer-official monikers. Rather they answer to bulls and cows.
Beyond the visiting reindeer, there are a few other fa-la-la-laden to-dos surrounding the zoo-based bash.
Kids can pony up to a craft table and fashion their own wearable antlers while the keeper talks on what reindeer eat, how they sleep, and such will delight all aficonados of this colder clime caribou.
Weekends during the celebration's run are seeing some extra-sparkly happenings, like ice-carving demos on Saturdays and live music on Sundays.
It's all free with your zoo admission, save for those snapshots with Santa Claus, which are extra, so stow some cash in the pocket of your holiday sweater.
And sigh away at the sight of the majestic, beautiful-of-eyes, large-of-antler caribou cuties. We don't always get to see a reindeer when they're up in the sky — too high, unless we have powerful binoculars — but admiring them from a close distance at the LA Zoo has a pinch of Christmas enchantment to it.
And though they're not fawns, fawning is perfectly acceptable.