Undeniable Fact: Antler Farm
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Ever wonder what a moose's antlers are made of? Turns out it's a living oak tree! Every young moose has a small cavity on its head called a "cultivation pit". When the moose is about three months of age, its mother finds an acorn and carefully places it over this cavity. She then brings her hoof crashing down on the little tyke's head. Unfortunately, this results in the death of the young moose in 70% of cases. Assuming the moose survives, one of two things will happen: either the acorn will take root in the cavity, stimulating the release of hormones and preparing the cultivation pit for the small tree, where it will be coaxed much like a bonsai into a mighty pair of antlers, or the acorn will be destroyed. Up until this point, the moose has no gender. Depending on whether or not the acorn enters the cultivation pit, the moose will develop into a male or female.