The Red-Nosed Hero

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Dina Gabr

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The holidays bring us a sense of joy, warmth, food, and timeless traditions. One beloved tradition is the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the iconic character that represents uniqueness and creativity. 

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Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

The story of Rudolph originated in a poem
written by Robert L. May in 1939. May originally created the character so that
he could give it away as a free holiday book. The poem is a telltale about
Rudolph and his bright red nose who is cast away by his fellow reindeer but
eventually becomes the hero after helping Santa’s sleigh through a rough storm. 

By the year 1949, Johnny Marks, May’s brother-in-law, created the famous song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as we know it today. The song’s popularity skyrocketed, which led to an animated movie of Rudolph in the year 1964. Since then, Rudolph has been loved and always a part of holiday celebrations, teaching every generation the importance of differences and embracing everyone’s uniqueness.

Fiction vs. Reality - A Tough Life for Rudolph

While Rudolph’s bright red nose is fictional, the reality of reindeer, also known as caribou, is a struggle to survive harsh conditions, forcing them to rely on their keen sense of smell and herding instinct. Climate change, habitat loss, and human activities pose significant threats to reindeer. The warmer temperatures seriously caused food scarcity and the quality of their habitat, leading to forced migration and competition for resources. All kinds of human activity such as mining, industrial development, and oil exploration disrupt the reindeer ecosystem. 

Rudolph - the Awareness Hero

Current conservation organizations are working hard to implement different strategies to protect reindeer. That includes habitat restoration, monitoring, and educating the masses to raise awareness about preserving the reindeer population. 

As we celebrate the holiday season, let us not forget the real challenge reindeer face today. By educating ourselves and taking action we can ensure a safe space for these unique creatures to roam the Arctic. We could learn from Rudolph’s enduring courage and spirit to be the hero and protect the natural wonders that make up our magical world.