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Swedes prove Rudolph’s nose is really red

Swedish researchers at Lund University have confirmed once and for all the Rudolph the red nose reindeer lives up to his name after studying the behaviour of reindeer using high-tech equipment.

Swedes prove Rudolph's nose is really red
Researchers at the University of Lund captured Rudolph's red nose on camera. Photo: University of Lund/YouTube

It's a story which has always puzzled children. Is Rudolph's nose really red or just a line in a song? Step forward Ronald Kröger, a professor of functional zoology at the University of Lund in southern Sweden who has solved the mystery.

"Reindeer live in a cold climate… and they are looking for food under the snow. When they are feeding their mule (nose) they are exposed to a very low temperature and have to prevent them from freezing.

"They have to know what they are eating and they do that by pumping warm blood into the mule and that means that it can be a bit reddish because of this strong blood flow in the lips and nose," Kröger said in an official Lund University video.

The researchers made the discovery by monitoring reindeer at the zoo of Nordic animals in Skåne throughout the night using a high-tech infrared camera which can detect heat sources that radiate off the body.

It became apparent to Kröger and his team after viewing the footage that not only do reindeer have warm eyes but also a glowing red nose.

He admitted that the motivation to conduct the study was inspired by his dog's wet nose.

"He touched my hand and I was getting curious as to why it was cold which is the opposite of the reindeer. Nobody really knows why it's cold and that is what we want to find out." 

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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