Two white-tailed deer were chosen as the official mascots of the 2005 Canada Summer Games held in Regina, Saskatchewan. At the conclusion of the Canada Games the mascots were gifted to the Saskatchewan Games Council which adopted them as the official mascots of the Saskatchewan Games program.
The white-tailed deer is found naturally throughout many areas of Saskatchewan and in 2001, was named Saskatchewan’s official animal. The characteristic athleticism of the white-tailed deer makes it a perfect choice for the Saskatchewan Games. The white-tailed deer exhibits many of the qualities and talents that are demonstrated by athletes. The animal is an excellent runner, jumper and swimmer.
Tansi and Ravi are a sister and brother team of white-tailed deer.
Tansi (pronounced Tawn-say) is a Cree language greeting meaning, “Hi” How are you?
Ravi (pronounced Ra-vee) means “delighted” in French.
About White-tailed Deer:
DID YOU KNOW?
- It is the shyest of the deer species
- It can reach heights of up to 1 meter (3.5 feet) at the shoulder and can weigh up to 180 kg (400 lbs)
- It has a reddish brown coat in the summer and a greyish brown coat in the winter
- White-tailed deer raise their tails exposing the white underside, like a flag, when they are alarmed or running
- They have scent glands on all four hooves and on the inside of their rear legs that gives off scents used in mating and identification
- Deer tracks are heart-shaped
- The males have antlers that are shed every year between January and March and then grow again between April and May
- They have good hearing and eye sight, but rely mostly on their keen sense of smell