The male deer will shed their antlers annually as a prelude to regeneration or re-growth of new ones. The antlers are composed of true bone. At first new antlers are covered by blood vessel filled skin called velvet. In late summer, early fall when their testosterone level increases the antlers harden and the buck rubs off the drying velvet. When testosterone levels drop early winter...the antlers start to shed. The entire shedding process takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete, with re-growth taking place over the summer. I've also learned that antler velvet is the only regenerating skin found in mammals. Antlers in velvet can grow up to 1" a day. Younger deer are usually the last ones to shed their antlers.
|Deer Spirit Fawn|
We have had squirrels in our attic....making all kinds of racket...so we have embarked on a squirrel relocation effort. Relocating them to an abandoned church near our house with lots of high grass and trees. I don't have any pics of our first capture(Secret Agent Squirrel)...but i do have pics of the second(007)....i wonder if the two of them realize they knew each other previously...squirrels are too smart...i'm sure they know. Relocating the squirrels was a difficult decision...I hope they'll enjoy their new surroundings.
|Headquarters aka new squirrel relocation home|
Next post my cast bronze Jack-a-lope will make an appearance....he's pretty cute.