Photo feature: Velvet touch

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2002

A bull moose feeds his still-growing antlers near Kalifornsky Beach Road last weekend. The animals start growing a new set in each spring. A thin layer of hairy skin, called velvet, covers the antlers and supplies the blood they need to grow. The velvet peels off in late summer and then in the fall, after mating season, the antlers drop off.

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