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Last Updated: Friday March 21 2008 12:13 GMT

Antlers give moose hearing boost

A moose

Ever wondered why moose have such huge antlers? Well, apparently it's to boost their hearing!

With ears that are 60 times the size of human ears, moose have always been known to have incredible hearing.

But new research shows it could be because of the huge palm shape of their antlers as much as their actual ears.

The antlers can apparently catch sound waves, acting as a giant hearing aid for moose so they can hear each other's calls from up to two miles away.

It's a pretty cool discovery and it seems that it's unique to moose.

George Bubenik, who carried out the research based on an idea from his father 25 years ago, said: "So far there is no evidence any other deer species has this capacity."