The first picture is from an encounter this afternoon. The second is what the poor guy is supposed to look like.
Generally horns do not fall off, they will however, break pieces off during the headbutting stage of the rut. I'm thinking maybe this guy got his butt kicked recently, because the whole horn (on both sides) is gone. And it looks fresh.
I personally have never seen anything like this before, but I plan on finding out as much information as possible. Stay tuned!!
In my opinion, I think Squirrels are one of the busiest animals in the forest... especially in the winter!! I can go out on one of the coldest days...and who is out there too? Squirrels!! I saw many storing mushrooms in the trees this year...and that is what this one is eating! Does that mean it's going to be a cold and snowy winter?? Hmmm....food for thought!! 😁