Why do reindeer’s hooves click when they walk?
A clicking sound can be heard when reindeer walk. This is not the hooves knocking against each other, but rather a tendon insertion in the rear leg that slides over a bone and generates the clicking sound. The importance of this sound is uncertain, but it is possible that it makes it easier for the herd to stay together in the dark or in fog. The reindeer is a herd animal after all, and if a reindeer is frightened and starts to move, the other animals in the herd can hear the increase in the frequency of the clicks.

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