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Lucky points the way – without the red nose

The reindeer has just again high season. It lights up on the house facades and front yards, it greets Christmas cards and chocolate boxes. Fun people make of it during the dark days in the plush reindeer costume cozy, or wear a headband with Antlers. The reindeer there as a "bath bomb", a fragrant ball with glued-on horns – "oh my God", calling charmed the saleswoman, when she hears that "Rudy, the reindeer" is not only in the High North, but also at home.

In the Zürcher unterland, between the villages of badgers and Uhwiesen, near the Rhine falls, the largest reindeer herd in Switzerland. 17 animals that live in the "reindeer Chalet", an open barn with pasture on the hillside – in the distance, the highway rushes. A "Mini Estimate" is called Salome, the Prince of your reindeer. 21 years old, the trained land economist, next year, you will complete the higher school, to the agricultural technician. That you would one day take over the farm of the parents, has always been clear.

two years Ago, sold the family cows, we sat together in the Prince, wondering what you could substitute for the dairy industry. Red deer were up for discussion. Salome Prince, a deer visited the holding course and fell in love while training on the job in "the brown eyes and the gentle beings," the reindeer, this single domesticated deer. From the character of the reindeer were found to be comparable with a good-natured cows, says the young farmer. Trusting, gwundrig, affectionate you, nudge you with their horns. It's like if you stroke your thick winter coat. The cops, however, Salome, Prince always keeps an eye on. Temerair is the Chef in the Chalet. He may not no black-clad joggers, dogs also. Then he precedes to attack, head down, Antlers.

Rudi, the companion of Santa Claus, every child knows

For a year the reindeer live on the mill bachhof; in the spring there was a young, six calves, big heads and long legs. The animals, not to say about Lucky, Heidi, Luna, or Nordian, a Rudolf is one of them. Also with us, in the meantime, every child should know him: Rudi, the little reindeer with his bright red nose, the American Santa Claus, Santa Claus, the way from the North pole through the darkness. Rudi, the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is also one of the most popular Christmas songs is dedicated.

Salome Prince put on their Reindeer, of course, no red nose. Although you know that you could market the "Christmas animal" at best. "My animals will be animals," she says. To have each of you in a relationship, each have its own characteristics. The small Luna standing but you are especially close to, a forceps birth, Salome, Prince was the midwife. "Säuniggel!", she says and pats Luna's neck. The breeder does not like it, if this fluffy fur is dirty and glued together. This is also why the country plangt landlady on snow "if it is frozen, it will start to glitter the fur right."

she wears red-and-black work clothes and shoes which may be dirty. Rust red hair, rehfarbene eyes, a calm, open way. But not a candidate for "woman man": Salome is forgiven Prince, your friend, Dominik, practical, agricultural machinery mechanic, supports you in the reindeer husbandry, as well as the parents do it. An innovative farmer family: Man offers berries and fruits to pick your own, the mother keeps the shop in good shape. The father lives out his passion for roses and nuts, 800 walnut trees, the heart of the project, the daughter says. Dwarf goats, alpacas, sheep, geese, ducks and rabbits – a petting zoo. None of the animals have to fear the butcher.

And the reindeer? A meat production would not pay off today and tomorrow, replied Salome Prince. You realize it is your favorite subject. 50 animals are the long-term goal, not yet had reindeer in the herd. For you to count, especially, that you could take children and adults with their Treasures is a joy.

Raclette Stall and mulled wine from the Zurich wine-growers

a Little money, the sponsorships bring, for 500 francs per year you are allowed to call themselves God or godfather of a reindeer, it can visit, feed him for a walk. Trekking tours, unique in Switzerland, offers you; - two-hour walks, six people, four reindeer, through the picturesque town of Zurich wine country. The first Tour two weeks ago was a success, the breeder, the next is already booked.

And, of course, would it not be negligent not to take advantage of the Christmas reference of the reindeer even: The latest project is the "reindeer Adventsweg" between the badgers and the Uhwiesen – with candles, advent Windows, Raclette Stall and mulled wine by the winemakers from the area. Yesterday, Saturday, the festive path was opened, reindeer Lucky, the castrated bulls of the meadow, even without a red nose and cheerful mood.


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Created: 01.12.2019, 08:50 PM

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