LIVINGSTON COUNTY — As children slept eagerly awaiting Santa and his sled, history was made, as the first whitetail deer joined Santa to deliver gifts.
The already legendary deer of the Genesee Valley, called Whitenose, stepped in when Dasher had to temporarily fall to the rear of the sled when he went down with a sore hoof.
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Rumors were running rampant of a potential class action discrimination suit on behalf of whitetail deer across the Genesee Valley because of not being allowed to pull Santa’s sled. The smart play by Santa now adverts what was sure to be a historical trial with the potential of Santa’s secrets being made public.
“It was an absolute honor to be the first whitetail deer to be a part of the Christmas joy for kids living in the Valley,” said Whitenose, glowing with pride. “I hope that other whitetail deer run with this new day and new opportunity.”
In recent months, whitetail deer rights groups had threatened a boycott of Santa if he did not let a whitetail deer pull his sled through the Valley.
“This really was a no-brainer,” said Santa. “It’s finally time that the whitetail deer are recognized for their beauty and ability to deliver on Christmas Day. Whitenose performed heroically.”
Dasher, who oddly recovered quickly from the sore hoof by the time Santa’s sled hit the Pennsylvania State line, was gracious for the time needed to recover from the temporary injury.
“I’ve never seen a whitetail deer move like that,” said Dasher with a snow pack around his hoof. “He’s got this very distinct nose that helped us in the dark night. It really is a new era for deer across the globe.”