Here is "Red" the Red Deer stag who happened to be quite close by as i paid a visit to the Rising Sun a couple of days ago. As you can see he recently shed his antlers which are made of bone and as soon as they were shed velvet started growing over the bony stump. This velvet is richly supplied with blood vessels and nerves and bone is laid down within it. When this years antlers are fully grown the blood supply to the velvet will be cut off and it will begin to die with the stag rubbing it off on branches and trees.
|Here is"Red" back in March.|