Even Animals Love a Snow Day!
Piles of fluffy snow probably bring to mind images of polar bears, but many different creatures enjoy playing around in the snow as well. We've put together a gallery of adorable animals frolicking in the flurries — including reindeer!
The red fox is the most common and widespread fox species in the world, found throughout most of the United States.
Also known as mountain lions, cougars are able to withstand harsh winter conditions thanks to their thick fur.
Dashing Through the Snow
Yay! Snow Day!
Weddell seals, like the happy one above, love the cold. These seals are found farther south than any other mammal, diving and hunting under the permanent ice that surrounds the Antarctic coast. Thick layers of blubber allow the Weddell seals to withstand the freezing temperatures.
This family of wild boars is making its way through a dense snowfall in Hungary, where the wild pigs are common. During the winter, their dark brown or black fur grows in denser to help the animals conserve body heat.
Making a Snow Angel, Perhaps?
Doe-Eyed at the Snow
Three whitetail deer doe photographed standing in the woods during a winter snowfall. These deer are found throughout most of the continental United States. White-tailed deer have differing "coats" depending on the season. During the summer, they sport short, rust-colored coat hairs, and during the winter, they grow a longer, thicker, gray-brown coat that provides insulation against the harsh weather.
This sheep is taking a moment to enjoy the bright, white snow in a meadow in the Netherlands. A sheep's warm, fluffy fleece keeps it warm during the winter months. Since grass is rare during the cold season, the sheep feed on hay instead.
Making Their Way
Pictured above, a herd of horses navigate through the results of a heavy snowfall. During the winter, if temperatures are especially cold, horses will eat more hay to meet their body's increasing energy demand for heat production.
Piglets on a Snowy Stroll
Like horses, pigs need to eat more during extremely cold weather to accommodate for the extra energy they need to keep warm. (The young pigs pictured above are in the Swiss Alps.)
Red and White
This bushy-tailed red squirrel, photographed amid the snow in Kiev, Ukraine, has grown in its "winter coat." During the summer, the red squirrel sports a paler gray or ginger coat, but during the winter, it grows reddish brown ear tufts and its back turns a bright, rusty red color.
Sprinting Through the Snow
It is estimated that only about 500 Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, survive in the wild. More than 95 percent of Siberian tigers are now found in Russia.
Snow on the Nose
Above, a prairie dog peeks out of a pile of snow. [A Look into the World of Prairie Dogs]
Prairie dogs are native to North America, with the black-tailed prairie dogs found only in the great grassland prairie of North America. Their name is misleading, since they are not dogs at all, but are members of the very large Sciuridae rodent family and are related to squirrels.
This coyote may appear to be frolicking in the snow, but the canine is actually diving into the snow in search of prey. The predators generally hunt at night, but they will sometimes hunt during the day as well. Coyotes are native to the western United States around Montana and Wyoming, but now thrive throughout North America.
Most people wouldn't associate pandas with snow, but the cold white stuff is quite familiar to the adorable bears, since they mostly live in China. Currently, pandas can be found in six isolated forest areas located in the Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces of China.
The above photo captured a sweet moment as a goat and lamb nuzzled together amid the snow.
A Roll in the Snow
The above Arabian stallion is joyfully rolling around and kicking snow into the air. Horse owners can attest that many horses love snow and enjoy frolicking around in it.
Flurries and Fluff
The above kangaroo is another animal that's not usually associated with snow. Also known as wallabies, kangaroos are native to Australia — where yes, it does snow in certain areas.
Standing in the Snow
Bobcats can be found in most of the continental United States. Their thick fur, which can be gray, red or brown in color, allows them to withstand extreme cold.
And — of Course — Reindeer!
Reindeer, which are originally from the Arctic and Subarctic, are now widespread and can be found in North America. As we all know, reindeer can be domesticated and are sometimes used to pull sleds.