One day he was dominant, access to the best and most resource, the best shelter, all the females and then in the seconds it took for the antlers to shed it was lost.
I have never seen such an abrupt transition. The herd instantly chased him away, the other males rearing up to indicate they were no longer submissive, the females no longer interested. He now stands feet away as they eat and has not entered the best of the shelters.
I wonder what our antlers are – exterior symbols of place and power that if we loose them we loose what they stood for as well?