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Cervus canadensis


This big bull elk was obviously Alpha in his herd, regardless of the mutation that caused his left antler to grow crookedly. He has definitely made the most of his predicament, as his harem of ladies seemed to be happy with him!! When I looked closer at the pictures, he had sores or infections on his flanks, maybe caused during the rut.

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ChristyHolland 9 years ago

You know, Satyen, I'm not sure that he is in any pain. It's got to be a defect from birth, and if it was extremely painful, he probably wouldn't have survived. The antler curves the right way, and he's obviously succeeding in life. I can only hope that I'm right!! Thanks for the comments! ;-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Unique spotting! Poor fellow, hope it isn't painful.

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Well...yes...nobody's perfect!! But he probably thinks he is!! ;-)

keithp2012 9 years ago

That's not crooked that's actually coming out the front of the head!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Thanks Despina! I appreciate it!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

At least he's not battling many predators in Genesee! He doesn't look weak, but those sores didn't look good either! Poor guy!!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

I can only imagine how painful that must have been/ still is. He deserves a heard of females after that!

incredible spot!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

I know, right??? But look how it curves perfectly back like a regular antler! No forks on it, but it seems to do the job! Thanks, Maria!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Great spotting - an antler growing from his forehead! Wow

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

I know!! Amazing what you find when you look closely at the pics!!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Whoa! I didn't realize he had this deformity! Crazy!

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Oct 12, 2012
Submitted on Oct 15, 2012

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