Hunting tragedy spells lights out for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
North Pole – The Christmas season was dealt a serious blow on Friday when Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was shot and killed during routine training exercises.
Taken into custody was 3 year old Charlie Heston who, according to Fish & Wildlife officials, was hunting with his father at the time of the killing. “It was a clean shot,” said his proud papa. “He got him right between the eyes!”
Little Charlie seemed unaware of what he had done. When told that he had taken down one of the world’s most beloved Christmas icons, his initial concern was whether or not he would be put on Santa’s Naughty list.
Santa Claus , Rudolph’s long-time traveling companion, said he knew it was only a matter of time before such a tragedy might occur. “That crazy Rudolph had a habit of sticking his nose where it didn’t belong,” claimed Santa, “and that’s the last thing a reindeer should be doing during hunting season.”
Rudolph’s fellow reindeer appeared unperturbed by their friend’s murder. “Well, I guess he won’t be joining us in any more reindeer games,” said Cupid.
Santa added that he will be back to his regular crew of eight tiny reindeer this year. “I just hope we don’t have another foggy Christmas Eve,” he said.
Experts said it was too early to tell how the shooting might impact the holiday shopping season. Retailers, already reeling from a sluggish economy, fear Rudolph’s demise may be the death knell for them as well.
“This is really going to put a crimp in my sales,” said Todd Er, owner of The Venison Shoppe. “Who is going to want to eat deer meat after this?”