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Reindeer Cyclone

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In the heartlands of Central Norway, reindeer were perhaps the single most significant wild animal for the early Vikings. See how a large herd moves together like a swirling cyclone as a way to confuse any predator, including a Viking.

They're perhaps the single most significant wild-animal for the early Vikings.

Every part of the animal is used: their hides, their antlers, their meat, their sinews.

And hunting them is a regular activity.

It's a chance encounter with the herd but one no Viking can resist.

Just a single opportunistic shot but the alarm wave surges through the herd like an electric current.

It's a defense strategy designed to confuse any predator, whether wolf, bear or Viking.

But achieving a clean kill in a swirling melee like this is difficult.