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Molly Cule
168235.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:47 am Reply with quote

Elk live on leaves and twigs. The Algonkian Indians called elks "mons" or "moz", which roughly translates as "twig eater”. Their word has been passed into English as moose, which is what elk are called in North America.

 
Molly Cule
168237.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:47 am Reply with quote

Elks can feed underwater; they eat pond weed, water lilies and the roots and stems of underwater plants. They also walk across frozen lakes and are able to judge when the ice is safe.

Elks are big deer, the largest of the deer family. They are even-toed herbivorous mammals.

 
Molly Cule
168238.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:47 am Reply with quote

Elks have drooping skin called a ‘bell’ hanging down from their throats. During the mating season they splash urine soaked mud onto their bells to attract females.

Once a female elk has mated she stops producing the pheremones that attract males.

 
Molly Cule
168239.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:48 am Reply with quote

Elk antlers are solid bone. As they grow they are soft and tender and covered with a layer of skin called velvet. Velvet has thousands of blood vessels which supply the antlers with calcium and other minerals for building bone, when the antlers are ready the velvet falls off.

Antlers are one of the fastest growing tissues in the world. They grow each year in the Spring and are dropped in winter to save energy. They grow at right angles to the mid line of their skill, they divide in a fork-line – the lower prong of the fork is either simple or divided into two or three lines. The antlers have up to 30 tines (spikes) on them.


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Molly Cule
168241.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:50 am Reply with quote

Active ingredients found in velvet antler include minerals, trace elements, protein, lipids, glycosaminoglycans, growth hormones, and growth factors.
http://www.oeba.ca/pages/prdcts/velvet.htm

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Researchers in New Zealand investigated velvet antlers effect on human white blood cells because of its long history of being taken for immune system support. Studies demonstrated that aqueous extracts of velvet antler were highly potent in causing an increase in human white blood cell count. This, of course, is a good thing as white blood cells are one of the immune systems first line of defence when invaders come attacking.



Elk antlers are useful to body builders

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research was done in Russia in which anabolic agents known to improve performance and muscular strength in athletes were analysed. When studies using velvet antler were done, it showed that kayakers, weightlifters, body builders, and power lifters all increased both muscular and nerve strength.


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Molly Cule
168242.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:52 am Reply with quote

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The aim of taking velvet antler, according to one Russian scientist with the Russian Body building Federation, is to resist unfavourable external influences, and accelerate the restorative processes (quicker recovery) of the body after intensive activity.

 
eggshaped
168245.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:56 am Reply with quote

From the smithsonian, here are the bones of two elks who locked horns and died like that.

 
Molly Cule
168279.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:49 am Reply with quote

Elks have a big blind spot in front of them as their eyes are set towards the sides of their heads. To see things up close to them they have to roll their eyes forward.

 
Molly Cule
168280.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:51 am Reply with quote

You can age a moose by counting the layers of cementum on a middle incisor tooth

 
Flash
168281.  Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:53 am Reply with quote

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To see things up close to them they have to roll their eyes forward.


Which the two eyes can do independently of one another, apparently.

There's an Elk thread which starts at post 95827.

 

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