|Unicorn antler, draped in velvet - August 2016|
|Unicorn and friend - September 2016|
|Pointing out the "unicorn" point|
|Pedicle and antler - perfect fit - Click to enlarge|
One last technical note. A unicorn would likely have had a horn made of keratin (if it indeed existed) and our deer's antler is made of bone.
Addendum: I was showing the shed to Jay Barber and VP Shelly Jones and I mentioned that I had found a pair of sheds 20 feet apart and wondered if the deer might shake it head to get the second antler off once it felt the lopsided pressure. She showed me this video of a moose shaking off a loose antler.
A little Googling brought some confirmation of this. Several sites talk about deer sheding their remaining antler by shaking or rubbing them, as in this note from Havalon.com:
"Antlers occasionally fall off together, but that’s somewhat rare. I do believe; however, that a mature buck will put quite a bit of effort into getting the other side off because of the lopsided feeling he has with one antler. He shake’s his head, rub the antler on trees and push it on the ground to work it off. If you find a nice shed, put an exhaustive effort into finding the other side. Chances are good that it’s close by."