“As if the owner whispered”. One more fascinating movement of reindeer was filmed in Yamal
Yelena Starkova, a resident of Labytnangi, made a fascinating video in the vicinity of the town. A herd of reindeer was running along the river, being followed by dogs and their owner on a snowmobile. Due to the fact that the video shooting was conducted from a distance, the herd of reindeer seemed to be a single living organism that was directed strictly on the planned course.
Yelena notes off-screen that the reindeer “seem to know where they need to go”, “as if the owner whispered to them”. The video can be found here: https://sever-press.ru/2020/04/02/budto-hozjain-nasheptal-na-jamale-snjali-eshhe-odno-zavorazhivajushhee-peremeshhenie-olenej-video/
Indeed, spring is coming in Yamal, and reindeer are beginning to migrate to the north of the region. Some time ago a similar movement of reindeer, however, on a busy road, was filmed by the head of Priuralskiy district Ivan Sakal (https://sever-press.ru/2020/03/31/glava-priuralskogo-rajona-popal-v-probku-iz-olenej-video/).
English versions of other news about reindeer traffic jams and links to videos can be found here https://sever-press.ru/2019/12/13/terribly-beautiful-a-traffic-jam-in-tundra/ and here https://sever-press.ru/2020/01/27/when-the-traffic-jam-is-not-annoying-reindeer-are-dolphins-of-tundra/