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Moose Fact #2 Antlers

Bulls will drop their antlers after the breeding season is complete, typically in December but have been known to carry them well into late February. Each spring, moose will re-grow their antlers with a more impressive set then the year before as the bull matures and eventually around the age of 11 start to decline and become less impressive with age and start to lose body/muscle mass also.

Did you know that if a bull becomes castrated due to fighting during the rut or by accident; that the bull will immediately shed it’s current set of antlers and start to re-grow another set, this new set will be deformed and misshaped and he will wear this set for the rest of his life never shedding them again. 

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I did not know that!

I did not know that!

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Hmmm

Well any antlered animal that sustaines a major injury has the potential to develope atypical antlers. Some temp (one to a few years) others for the rest of their lives, depending on the extent of their injuries.

I have never heard of an anltered animal "never" loosing their antlers!  Once the velvet is gone their is no more blood flow to the "apendage" making it for all other terms dead so the base of the antler would never be able to grow with the animal.  Also due to surface area and lack of insulation this situation would be very dangerous to animals in temporate or more Northern zones due to loss of heat in the winter.

SW do you have any references for this information?  I would be very interested in seeing a report on this situation. 

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Thanks for replying, I do not

Thanks for replying, I do not have any reports on this but it is mentioned in just about every moose fact you can find, these antlers are reffered to as "Devils Antlers" they are very rare and the reason you would not hear much of them I would think, is the moose do not live long as you said due to the North's hard winters and the energy it would take to carry these antlers around in heavy snow would be too much for them. When these animals or if these animals are found I would think they would be seen as just a nontypical!

The distinctive looking appendages (often referred to as "devil's antlers") are not only the source of many Inuit myths, but also make these moose somewhat more appealing to hunters due to the irregularity.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3623573

I also saw it in the New World Encyclopedia and several other sites, just do a search for Devils Antlers.

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Wow!  Remind me to never

Wow!  Remind me to never become castrated in a fight!  Don't want anything to start growing deformed.... lol

Cool fact Swamp Donkey.

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WOW! Guess I never really

WOW! Guess I never really looked into moose much, but that is a really interesting fact.

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My dad killed a deer back in

My dad killed a deer back in the 50s that was castrated and they said that the deer had his antlers for over a year and he was still in velvet. The story was that part of the antler was growing and part was dead.

Last year a friend told a story of the same thing happining to him in the 60s. Both of these deer were taken in the Guadulipes in se NM. We may grow em strange down here!!! 

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I just think there is alot

I just think there is alot that happens with these wild animals that we really have no idea about and if we did we could not explain anyway! It is very strange the things we hear about!

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my grandfather along time ago

my grandfather along time ago killed velvet buck in Nov. and when they got it checked out the game and fish guy said that this was not the first time to see this.  what happened was the buck back in ealier Sept. castraded him self and the blood just kept pumping blood to the antlers.  he all so said that if it would have happened a week later his antlers would have fallen off within 24hours.  it wild how a deer can loose his man hood so easly.

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Well, you figure what they

Well, you figure what they have to go thru to survive, it's crazy, with all the predators out there trying to eat them and all, humans trying to shoot them, getting hit by cars, jumping barbed wire fences. Any and all of these things could play a roll, nevermind the rut and fighting with other bucks for the right to breed, one slip of the horn and their in deep Sh*t so to speak! very cool story, thanks for sharing that!

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