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Shedding Velvet by Nate-Zeman Shedding Velvet by Nate-Zeman
A very large (by Colorado standards) Bull Moose captured last evening...

Every year bull moose grow a new set of antlers, and each year they grow larger than the year before The soft "velvet" that covers their antlers during the summer months is a skin, high in nutrients, that helps their antlers grow at a rapid pace. Antlers, which are actually living tissue are supplied by blood which is delivered through a network of vessels in the velvet. If you look closely you can see the vein marks in the antlers. Once the velvet begins to shed in fall the moose will obsessively rub its head into anything it can find to remove the excess velvet. Once the velvet is gone the tissue solidifies and becomes dead matter, but at this stage of antler development they are still very much alive, and I would imagine, incredibly painful. Antlers are used in the fall for display and as a fighting weapon during the mating season. In winter they will lose their antlers and a new pair will begin to grow again in spring. It's really amazing to me how fast the deer species can grow such large sets of antlers in such a little time. Moose are dangerous animals, and this one was especially agitated, trying to remove all the velvet from his antlers. He spent most of his time in the willows and pines rubbing trees, but eventually came out and posed for a few shots. Well worth the wait!


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MoonchildLuiza Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Oh my God, I feel kind of bad for them now. All that blood... And to think they go through this every year. I didn't know the antlers were living tissue. It is really impressive, though - just like your photo.
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Glacierman54 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
love this shot
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Tinman-20-Tinster Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Moose are one of my favorite animals, very well captured photo of one :D
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bradwjensen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice facts added to a nice photo!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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byawex Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
güzel
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks rather painful for the poor thing. Nice shot though. Moose are one of my favourite animals.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks so much!
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aprmason Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Nate, Brilliant shot. Toni.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks so much!
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