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.

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Blogger Ted said...

ok, this is pure bullshit.

Here's the real scoop:
Antlers are the large and complex horn-like appendages of deer, consisting of bony outgrowths from the head with no covering of keratin as is found in true horns. Each antler grows from an attachment point on the skull called a pedicle. While an antler is growing it is covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone; once the antler has achieved its proper size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. This dead bone structure is the mature antler. Antlers are shed after mating season and regrown each year.

Where are you getting your information from?

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Blogger Laura said...

I almost hate to say anything given how amusing your anger is, but perhaps you should read the "Information for Teachers" section of the site:


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Blogger CH!LLY said...

hhahahaha this site has made my day, i never knew that, i always thought they were little hard heade worms

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Blogger Joel said...

Are you trying to be funny? total crap.

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Blogger Joel said...

Oh I see now, you are trying to be funny.

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