The animal for today is the elk, AKA the wapiti, a Native American word that means "light-colored deer." Elk are related to deer but are much larger. A bull (male) elk's antlers may reach 4 feet above its head, so that the animal stands 9 feet tall.
Bull elk lose their antlers each March, but they start to grow back in May.
When I saw this I thought "Santa's Reindeer."
Elk were once found across much of North America but they were killed off and driven to take refuge in more remote locations. Today they live primarily in western North America, in mountainous landscapes such as Wyoming's National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park. Some eastern U.S. states have reintroduced small elk herds into heavily wooded wilderness areas.