- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A sure sign of spring in Alaska is the birth of the first reindeer calf at a university farm in Fairbanks.

Sunday’s birth was good news for folks in interior Alaska, marking the earliest calf ever born at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Reindeer Research Program.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/qR3eYY ) the birth was one day ahead of the previous record set in 2013.

The female calf weighed 13.4 pounds, and is the first of as many as 30 expected to be born between now and May. The calves will join the herd that already includes 73 adults.

Another rite of spring to have school children name the calves, and they can offer name suggestions at the program’s website: https://reindeer.salrm.uaf.edu/educational_outreach/reindeer

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