A young bull elk munches on grass in Rocky Mountain National Park. Perhaps he is just waiting for his antlers to grow.
North American elk (Cervus elaphus) are one of the largest members of the deer family. Large males, called bulls, can weigh several hundred pounds and stand five feet at the shoulder.
Only males have antlers, which grow in the spring and drop each winter. Antlers can grow up to an inch a day. They are covered with a protective layer of velvety skin. When the antlers are fully grown, the bulls scrape this layer off.
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