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A young reindeer buck who has locked horns with another buck, perpetuating the velvet shed from his antlers. Within the reindeer population, both sexes grow antlers. Reindeer antlers grow again each year under a layer of fur called velvet. There is a pedicle at the base of each antler, and when the antlers have received enough nourishment, the pedicle cuts off the blood flow to the antlers, causing the velvet to dry out, shrivel up, and fall off. The velvet is itchy, so the deer rub up against trees and such to help get the velvet off. One of the only reasons the deer’s antler’s will bleed, is because the blood supply may not be fully cut off, and the deer still find it itchy so they try to scratch it off themselves.
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