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What is the Velvet on Animal Antlers For?

If you’ve ever seen a deer, moose or caribou with antlers in person, then you know that they have this fuzzy hair on them when they are growing that looks like velvet. In fact, that’s what “they” call it…velvet. Photo right: Bonnie Harris It’s highly vascular skin that provides the antlers, because of the blood supply, oxygen and essential nutrients they need to grow large and strong. Antlers are used as weapons in the animal world, as well as attracting a mate by showing off their impressive rack of antlers to the ladies. Almost all of these types of animals grows a brand new rack [ ... ]

Caribou/Reindeer…Just In Time For Christmas!

Well, how could I not cover Caribou or Reindeer at Christmastime? Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Cervidae Subfamily: Odocoileinae Genus: Rangifer Species: R. tarandus . Conservation Status: This is a species of least concern! Congratulations on this one, Planet Earth! *** Caribou/Reindeer in Alaska By Michael Russell Reindeer are domesticated caribou in North America and are mainly bred for meat production. Although there are seven subspecies of caribou, Alaska only has the Barren ground subspecies. Wild caribou are called reindeer in Europe; they are the same species as normal caribou; however, there are some differences between the two of them. Reindeer or caribou have heavier bodies [ ... ]