The Ex­treme Elks

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North Amer­i­can Elks take mat­ing sea­son se­ri­ously. Bulls usu­ally weigh in at about 300 to 350 kilo­grams, but dur­ing mat­ing sea­son they bulk up and can weigh about 500 kg. Talk about get­ting ripped! All that ex­tra mus­cle can come in handy when they rut — the big­ger the bull, the more likely it will win. Which­ever male comes out on top will have up to 30 cows it can mate with. The losers? Well, they’re not kicked out of the herd en­tirely, but they kind of be­come out­siders.

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