It's hard to believe that this big fella only lost his old set of antlers a few short weeks ago. Just look at him now, he's already an awesome sight. These bulls grow at an amazing rate and can add up to an inch per day to their antlers. They are antlers by the way! Horns aren't shed every year but antlers are. Horns are on cattle and bison and sheep and the like. This big guy will be one to keep an eye on over the next couple months. The velvet looks so smooth and soft and will likely be eaten by the elk when the time comes to rub it off. Although it doesn't look that appetizing to me, it is very good for the elk to eat it. Some people claim that it has many healing properties if eaten by humans. I can't really say if it does any good or not because he ran away when I tried to nibble on his antlers.
Hey, you know I hate getting my picture taken!
Okay just one view from the side and I'm outta here! How's that?