Lumberjack (Pölläri) is a young sleigh reindeer, graduated with honors from the Reindeer Sleigh School in spring 2019. As a calf, Lumberjack walked home from the forest grazing grounds, alone, having a block of wood, of the same size as himself, hanging on his antlers. Coming home was a smart thing to to. In the wilderness he would have been an easy catch for predators, being unable to escape fast enough.
In Finnish language, the word for a block of wood is “pölli”. Lumberjack’s Finnish name Pölläri is derived from that and the meaning of the name comes close to a lumberjack.
Lumberjack has a peaceful character but he is not the most sociable guy. He rather keeps a bit distance to people, especially to those he is not so familiar with. He is good with sleigh rides, though, and his very first working season is just behind the corner in winter 2019-20.