Waste Not

📸 by #donaldmjones

This deer is shedding and eating the velvet off of his antlers.

The velvet covering deer antlers is essentially skin that supplies nutrients and blood flow to the growing antlers underneath.

Once the antlers are fully grown, deer scrape the velvet “skin” off, which can sometimes be more difficult than it sounds.

But why do they eat it?

Deer (and pretty much every antler-growing animal) will eat their velvet because letting such nutrient-rich material go to waste is unheard of in the natural world.

Nothing goes to waste. Ever.

#natureismetal

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