Christmas miracle: Shortsville reindeer helps save brother

Some reindeer live a bit south of the North Pole.

In Shortsville, reindeer brothers Moose and Little Buddy call a little farm home. Their owner, Mike Schaertl, was looking forward to Little Buddy’s first holiday season, but last month the 5-month-old reindeer got very sick.

Reindeer are vulnerable to tick-borne diseases, and living in areas where deer graze can increase the risk of infection. When Little Buddy lost his energy and had no interest in eating his favorite beet pulp or playing with Moose, concern grew.

“When I came home from work one day to check on Little Buddy, I noticed his urine was dark red,” Schaertl explained. “That’s when I realized this was a serious problem.”

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