Golden antlers of Altai
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This story tells about people who have been living in Russian part of Gorny Altai for hundred years. They bred the deer and cut their antlers for produce a very important pharmacy’s substance - pantokrein. They have been doing it for hundreds of years. Deer with big horns is a symbol and holy animal of Republic of Gorny Altai. The inhabitants of Altai revere and respect this animal for its strength, nobility and beauty. But every year in June they cut off the deer' horns at the special farms. On the early spring the deer's horn called – PANT is a fresh and their bone sponge is pervaded with blood. When the horns become bloodshot workers drive the deer to the special bench and by means of a hacksaw cut of the horns. Then the PANTS have been boiling, drying and frying for several months and only in the late of the fall they sell all horns to the China, Japan and Korea where produce a valuable substance - pantekrein which is used in medicine. This is a very expensive substance - one kilogram of the horn costs 400 - 600 US dollars. Canned pants are used in traditional medicine in the Southeast Asia for more than 2 000 years.