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Moose Antlers

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The male bull moose are the only ones that can spawn antlers, and they are very broad and expansive with a six-foot span, and they mark the moose as having a recognizable and familiar appearance. Antlers start to grow in the early spring from places attached to the skull on the upper part above in front and also above the ears too.

The antlers start to get a soft skin called “velvet” when they begin to grow, and it looks sort of fuzzy. The covering of velvet has blood vessels, and it helps encase them while they are feeding growing antlers. In the antlers’ developmental stages, they are pretty soft, and they can be injured easily. An injury when they are growing can cause some kind of deformity to end result. If the injury isn’t that bad, the deformity might not show up well during the next year.

After the end of the warm months, the antlers attain their full growth, and they start to harden. There is no more requirement for the velvet skin, and it starts to die. Bulls will energetically rub their antlers against trees and shrubs to get rid of the velvet and showcase their formerly-covered bony structures.

There are many kinds of antlered animals, and moose antlers usually grow in size every yaer. There are some exceptions to this rule like antlers on animals that are unhealthy because of inadequate nutrition or sickness. The antler size of adult bulls is impressive. They might weigh between 50-60 pounds, and their peak span is seven feet. Antlers are necessary visual symbols to showcase social status and the health of the bull to cows and other bulls. In the winter or late autumn, the antlers fall of, and the moose get freed from a big burden that they would otherwise have to carry during the difficult winter season. It’s not normal to find antlers that have been shed because they have lots of nutrients, and they are eaten by other creatures in the forests like porcupines, mice, and squirrels.