Caribou are one of the regions mammals especially well adapted for life in the North. As well as its hollow hair coat, their hooves are cleverly designed. Splayed as a snow shoe, the hoof spreads it weight over a wide area so that the animal does not sink into the soft deep snow, or in the thick wet spongy muskeg.
Winter is beginning to lose its dark icy grip on the North. Everywhere obviously is still under its winter blanket of snow and while out walking we can hear the ice on the river make cracking noises, and our feet still squeak on the bone dry snow.