Reindeers Shed Their Velvet At Riverview Park & Zoo

The Peterborough Riverview Park & Zoo recently shared some amazing photos on their Facebook page of reindeers shedding their velvet. 

Here is the velvet falling off the antlers…

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

It almost looks like it’s melting off the antlers…

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“Velvet is a furry covering over antlers that actually helps them develop,” Zookeeper Cherese explains.

“Velvet is made up of skin, blood vessels and soft fur. As it dries up, reindeer rub it off on trees and rocks to reveal the bone that makes up their antlers.”

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Watch some video the zoo sent us below of a reindeer removing her velvet…

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