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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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:iconnate-zeman:
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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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks so much!
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Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
damn that looks painful. great doco shot :)
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks so much!
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paladinofthelantern Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Huh. I didn't know antlers were living tissue. I always thought they were bone. :wow:
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MsCrys Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Amazing information! I remember you sharing something about this with me quite some time ago. Thanks for doing so again. Always a blessing to learn more about creation!
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splashnsmile Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
That is AMAZING!!!!! I love the fact that you teach a little bit about your subjects in your captions. I learned something new :) Perfect photo m'dear. I love it!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Oh wow :0 I knew how moose grew their antlers but I've never actually seen a picture like this. I imagine that it probably itches like crazy!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow... That's an amazing shot! :)
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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IronNarwhal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Might be used in bone-enhancing syrums in the future...
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad our mating rituals only involve painful shoes.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
hahaha
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Handie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! that's fascinating! I never knew that they bled like that when they shed. I was thinking that it must be very painful. This is an incredible shot!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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AludA Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
I think he's smiling to you :P :D nice one!!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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AniuLonewolf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Beautiful shot!!!!

Actually shedding their velvet doesn't hurt. It's like a scab falling off and bulls usually get it off within an hour. It just looks more grusome than it looks because of the blood vessels that supplied the blood to the growing velvet. :)
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7yearsislongenough Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautiful animal very well shot, Nate...love the shredded velvet.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice shot *.*
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ur welcome :)
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Neok4 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Geez, the bell on its neck is WAY larger than any I've ever seen on one. Now it just looks like an actual beard, haha.
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DGAnder Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Awesome shot nate. Heading to your part of the world around sept 22.
Give those aspens another chance, and then maybe a few days in
Rocky mtn. Hope to check out Breckenridge this trip also. .. :) don
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saturninesweetness Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's incredible! I didn't know any of that about antlers.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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natureguy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow Nate! this is a wonderful shot!!! The moose around my state don't even come close to getting a rack like this guy's.

Nate, you be careful around this one come rutting season.. these guy's are totally unpredictable, and could stomp you into a greasy smear in a heart beat! Be safe my friend.

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starchild777 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
thanks for info.. i learned something new. that does look painful...great shot im glad he stopped to pose for you
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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corpseweles Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
What a beast hehe :)
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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corpseweles Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Cheers ;)
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Ariel523 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
With it being a live nutrient filled type of ordeal, does that mean that reddish I'm seeing on his antlers is blood? Do they bleed while they shed this velvet layer?

Super fascinating information and the picture makes me wonder and want to learn more. I never knew this about deer animals.
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FirehCat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
It is indeed blood :3
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Artist
i was wondering, if these animals prefer a specific place to drop their antlers
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Jessie-kad Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
You rarely see photographs of moose in this transformation stage. It does, indeed, look very painful. At least he's got a gorgeous set of antlers to show for the ordeal, so he should be pleased! :) Wonderful work. Love moose.
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Sudrabvilks Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
This is the most wonderful photograph of a moose I have ever seen. There is no doubt, who is king of the forest here. Simply beautiful!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
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DigiPainteR Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
very nice Nate
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