Thanks from a tip from a regular visitor to SantaUpdate.com, we now understand that Vixen’s injuries could date back to last Christmas.
Ron Parker, a 31-year old father of two from Florida who has followed SantaUpdate.com since he was 7 years old, alerted us to news from last year when Vixen was reported injured in a training flight.
Vixen recovered from that incident and flew for Santa last Christmas. But it led to other issues earlier this year that resulted in surgery for her last summer.
“Vixen is a very active girl,” said Elf Victor, head of Reindeer Operations at the North Pole. “She’s an athlete, as all of Santa’s reindeer are. She takes exceptional care of herself. But life in the wild and being an experienced flyer frequently puts all of Santa’s reindeer in rough terrain. So leg injuries now and then are not uncommon. Vixen has had a rough year but she’s progressing well and feeling pretty good. Remember, she last won the Reindeer Games in 2020. She can do hard things.”
Vixen’s latest workouts have been encouraging but doctors at Santa’s Stables still are not signing off on her return to full duty.
For more information about Santa’s reindeer, please listen to the North Pole Radio News report in the player above.