Actually, this picture was taken in May 2001, the spring following the previous picture. These are the same deer pictured with me the previous fall. Note the antlers that are "in velvet." These antlers are still relatively soft and small. They have not calcified yet. They have much growing potential left, but in just a few weeks they will be "harvested." The harvesting does not harm the deer, and in fact has many benefits for the deer population. The tips of the deer antler are extremely rich in mammalian stem cells. Deer antler is the only complex mammalian organ that completely regenerates when lost or removed. Deer Antler is the premier regenerative tonic in Chinese herbalism.