Facebook: Larren Nakoolak

Mound of Snow with Antlers is Actually a Sleeping Caribou

When you see how these caribou survive on the open tundra, you'll be amazed.

We know them as caribou, the reasonably large elk-like ruminants that can be found in northern North America and even Greenland. What never ceases to amaze us is how, and more importantly in this case where, animals like this can not only live, but thrive.

Barren-ground caribou are found in Alaska and the Canadian Northwest Territories, but some viably large herds specifically call Nunavut their home, and apparently that is where this video originated.

Maybe the most interesting thing about this piece of footage is what you think you see in the beginning. Is it a frozen mound of snow? There's more than meets the eye...

Caribou and reindeer are virtually the same species, with reindeer being best known as a domesticated animal. According to the University of Alaska, "Reindeer and caribou share the same genus, Rangifer, and species name, tarandus. Domestication is the biggest difference between reindeer and caribou. Reindeer are a semi-domesticated subspecies of Rangifer, and there are many subspecies of both reindeer and caribou in Alaska."

Facebook user Larren Nakoolak, who posted the video, is listed as having a current residence of Baker Lake, Nunavut. The indigenous peoples who reside in this Canadian territory are known as the Inuit, and their name for this species is tuktu.

While we aren't totally sure if the person taking the video was actively hunting these animals, they were certainly carrying a firearm. What do you think?

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