Boy, do I have a treat for you today! We had a visitor who decided to meander over to our house and linger for a while. He started out across the road from us, sauntered onto our property, then had a little siesta next to one of the trees downhill & behind him in these pictures. Once he got up, he came right up to the house, but something spooked him because he jogged around our house and went uphill from where we live. I got several shots of him, but only a few were really good ones.
This moose is obviously a bull since he's sprouting antlers. If you look closely, you can see the velvet on his single antler. From what I understand, the velvet has lots of blood vessels & nerves in it and supplies the antlers with nutrients to grow. In about April or May, the antlers will be done growing and the velvet will dry up, causing it to fall off. One other tidbit, antlers are bone and shed every year. Horns, on the other hand, are bone with a keratin sheath (like your fingernails) and are never shed. Betcha didn't know that! If you'd like to know more, go here.
Have a wonderful day! I'll be back with a card (I hope) tomorrow. I have just one more to go to finish the March Viva La Verve challenge! Ta ta for now!