Here are some photos from our little elk adventure to Hardware Ranch with Daniel's family this past month, if you'd like to see!
And now for some elk trivia!
- Elk, along with moose and caribou, are members of the deer family.
- An adult make elk is called a bull, an adult female is called a cow, a baby is called a calf, and a yearling bull is called a spike because his antlers are spiky.
- Only male elk have antlers, but both male and female caribou (a.k.a. reindeer) have antlers!
- The elk's antlers (along with antlers of all other animals who have them) are made of bone! They fall off and re-grow each year.
- Horns are a different story. Horns are never shed, and they are made of the same stuff that our fingernails are made of.
- New antlers are covered with a fuzzy skin called velvet. It has a lot of blood vessels running through it. Because antlers are made of bone, they need to have blood flow in order to grow!
- The elk's canine teeth are made of ivory.
- Cows, calves, and yearlings live in herds for most of the year while bulls live alone. This means that a cow is usually the leader of the herd! Of course, this changes during the mating season.
- If an elk feels threatened, they make a barking sound.
- The elk's coat makes them essentially waterproof.
And that is the end of my elk facts for the day. If you want to see one of these guys up close, I suggest you visit Hardware Ranch! We had a blast!