VELVET ELVIS. Ahhh…thank ya, thank ya very much. We celebrate the king of autumn as antlers grow and mature in these last few weeks approaching early September and we talk about how velvet works and its “magical” properties in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A velvet-antlered buck creeps into camera view. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 8/16 – Super nice. Hi 88, Lo 67, Wind L&V.
Tomorrow: Fri 8/17 – Hot again. Hi 92, Lo 58, Wind S@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:57PM 11:57PM 6:32PM 6:08AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (34% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00AM. Get out there early with moon underfoot and sunrise in today’s Edge Hour.
COATED. Velvet is a protective tissue loaded with and covering blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to growing antlers on deer and other cervids throughout the summertime. In some species, antlers can grow as much as an inch per day making it the fastest growing tissue in the natural world!
RUBBED. Deer will rub their antlers on rough objects, such as tree trunks to remove velvet once their antlers have hardened and finished growing in late summer. It’s quite a sight to see a buck with blood-stained tines and shredded velvet around the bases of the antlers.
AND EATEN? In some cultures, velvet is harvested from antler-bearing animals and is used as a folk remedy for everything from stomach problems to impotence, including even athletic enhancement in U.S. professional sports, with the belief that its life-giving properties imbued to the buck’s headgear can be concentrated and consumed with health benefits for humans. We’re not sold…but someone is. The market value of antler-related products is estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars