If you’re obsessed with the holiday spirit and the 24-hour Yule log program, and the nonstop playing of made-for-TV Christmas movies just aren’t enough, here is an early gift just for you.
A zoo has partnered with Animal Planet to broadcast an around-the-clock webcam of its three female reindeer from now through Christmas.
“We’ve had reindeer for a number of years, but this is the first year that we’ve done the webcam,” Michelle Furrer, the Como Park Zoo director, told ABCNews.com. “It’s a nice way to be able to share them with those who can’t make it to St. Paul this time of year.”
The reindeer are named Buttons, Junebug and Abby, but they “have been seen responding to different names when a large man in red comes to visit them,” according to the zoo’s public relations manager, Matt Reinartz.
The large man in red, otherwise known as Santa Claus, will make three visits to the zoo to feed the reindeer in the days between now and Dec. 23, since the next night he will presumably be a bit busy.
The zoo is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so the curious can come to see the reindeer in-person or watch them online. The camera is set up along the perimeter of the reindeer’s living area, giving online viewers the same perspective as the live guests.
The webcam video has already been viewed more than 37,000 times, according to zoo officials.
“We haven’t noticed any difference [of the reindeer] interacting with the camera,” Furrer said. “Sometimes reindeer don’t connect, but these three like to frolic and interact with each other.”
Click HERE to watch the reindeer.