While visiting Jackson, Wyoming recently a very special friend, AM Ruttle, took me to a secret place in the Teton National Park, where there was a small group of wild moose. This bull moose resting in a small clearing in the woods was very placid and let us get quite close, although we were careful not to invade his space. Those antlers looked really lethal.
“The male’s antlers grow as cylindrical beams projecting on each side of the head at right angles to the midline of the skull, and then fork. The lower prong of this fork may be either simple, or divided into two or three tines, with some flattening.
The male will drop its antlers after the mating season and conserve energy for the winter. A new set of antlers will then regrow in the spring. Antlers take three to five months to fully develop, making them one of the fastest growing animal organs. They initially have a layer of skin, called “velvet,” which is shed once the antlers become fully grown. Immature bulls may not shed their antlers for the winter, but retain them until the following spring." (Wikipedia)
Canon EOS 500D. Canon EF 100-400L IS.