Saturday, 16 January 2010

Red Deer Fraying

Small tree frayed by Red Deer Cervus elaphus. Volovske Mountains, Slovakia, September 2009. To remove the velvet from antlers deer rub them against small trees. Red deer do this just before the rut in autumn. This method of rubbing off the velvet to expose the new, hard antlers is called fraying. In the process bark and twigs are removed and snapped.

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