The Cowardly Lion costume in the Wizard of Oz was made of real lion fur, skin and human hair. It recently sold at auction for 3 million dollars. cinemablend.com/news/2493…
In 1971, a surviving prehistoric tribe was discovered in the Philippines. The media at the time reported that the Tasaday spoke no known languages, dressed in animal fur, lived in a cave for centuries, and had no contact with the outside world. It was later revealed that this was all a hoax. esquiremag.ph/long-reads/…
Today I Learned red pandas, one of the most liked and famous animals aren't a single species but two. Chinese red pandas have redder fur and striped tail rings, while Himalayan pandas have whiter faces. This makes the efforts of their conservation a bit trickier. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned of Jean Mill, a cat breeder and conservationist who worked to protect the asian leopard cat, she disliked the fur trade so much that she successfully crossed an asian leopard with a domestic cat, creating the Bengal Cat breed, such that people can own cats with the same style of fur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The color of Siamese cats' fur is temperature sensitive. At birth, they are all white, but they develop dark patches (known as "points") on the colder parts of their bodies after a few weeks. Cats raised in colder climates have noticeably more points or are even completely dark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sia…
Tangue vermin (or beavums) are native to South America and were brought to the United States for fur trade. They were released and spread throughout the country in the 1940s after the fur market collapsed. oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
On top of having webbed feet, a bill, a beaver-like tail, and poisonous claws, platypuses also have bioluminescent fur. It has been found that when platypus fur is viewed under a UV light source it has the appearance of being greenish blue in hue. blog.css-engineering.com/…
There are two types of koala, a northern and a southern species. The northern koalas are smaller and have a thinner fur for the warmer climate, southern koalas are bigger and furrier and each look distinctly different. moretonbaykoalarescue.org…
A polar bear’s fur isn’t white, but it’s transparent loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
There is a parasitic fungus that very slowly kills spiders while covering them in a white fur. uksafari.com/curse_of_the…
Sephora sold false eyelashes made from mink fur. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Velcro was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer after a hunting trip in the Alps in 1941. He took a close look at the burrs of burdock that stuck to his clothes and his dog’s fur and developed the technology for commercial use in the 1950s. sites.psu.edu/eseminar/20…
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a "fur baby." They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet. petbusiness.com/How-Mille…
Male calico and tortie cats are actually intersex, since fur colour is carried on the x chromosome so male calicos are XXY thesprucepets.com/calico-…
Lemurs chew on, then rub, cyanide-secreting millepedes onto their fur to get high. And to protect against mosquitos. youtube.com/watch?v=yYXoC…
Today I learned of The Salish Wool Dog; an extinct breed of white, long-haired, Spitz-type dog that was developed and bred by the Coast Salish peoples of what is now Washington state and British Columbia. The fur of the Salish Wool Dog was prized for making the famous and rare "Salish" blankets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned of the California Fur Rush, which occurred in the early to mid 19th century. It happened due to large beaver and otter populations and helped open up the West and especially the San Francisco area to world trade. However, this drove many mammal populations to the brink of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned about extreme dog grooming, where competitors cut and dye dog fur into pictures and designs. fastcompany.com/3027906/t…
The first published story of an abduction by extraterrestrials dates back to Stockton, California in 1896. A man claimed he and a friend encountered an attempted kidnapping by three tall, thin beings, 7 feet tall and nude, with small delicate hands and hairless except for a soft downy fur ufoupdateslist.com/2004/m…
Siamese cats have temperature sensitive fur, the cooler the part of the cat’s body, the darker the fur ncdnaday.org/2016/08/siam…
Sea otters have the densest fur in the world, with around 140,000 hairs per sq cm bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The psychedelic furs song β€œPretty in Pink” inspired the 80’s cult classic of the same name. But, the song is not about a dress, it refers to the beauty of the nude female body. The popularity of the song with young girls alienated the band’s older fan base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The best-selling German novels of all time involve a native American fighting together with a German cowboy in the Wild West. This created a subculture of tens of thousands of Germans that, to this day, call each other by names such as "White Wolf", dress in animal fur, and live in teepees. utne.com/mind-and-body/ge…
Bob Barker stepped down as host of Miss USA/Universe pageants after 20 years after his request that fur prizes for the contestants be removed was refused. Following his wife's death Barker became a staunch advocate for animal rights. cnn.com/2013/06/24/us/bob…
When female rabbits think they're pregnant they pull their fur out and make a nest. thecapecoop.com/rabbit-pu…
The indigenous Chukchi refused to pledge loyalty to Russian rulers and pay yasak, a special fur toll that would provide them with iron instruments, guns. In 1779 Catherine II officially proclaimed all the Chukchi Russia’s citizens – though many of them probably knew nothing about this rbth.com/history/326465-w…
Sloths move so slow that alagae will grow on them giving them the green tint they have on their fur video.nationalgeographic.…
Lemurs get high by seeking out millipedes and chewing on them. The millipedes release toxins when attacked, which intoxicate the lemurs. In addition to getting absolutely blasted, the lemurs use these toxins as an insecticide by rubbing them deep into their fur. youtu.be/yYXoCHLqr4o
There's a squirrel species with multicoloured fur that's endemic to India, and they can get up to 3 feet in length independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern. nationalgeographic.com.au…
The Tamaskan dogs are a finnish crossbreed made to resemble wolfs, with their thick coats, straight bushy tails and gray wolf fur color. Despite their lupine appearance, they are a recognized dog breed, and can be trained as therapy dogs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam…
A cat's tongue is a high tech comb. The spikey things on their tongues are hollow so it can store saliva and transfer it to the skin through its fur. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Velcro is the name brand of Hook and Loop Fastener. It was invented in the 40s by a Swiss engineer and patterned after cockleburrs, burdock seeds that would stick to his pants and in his dog's fur. He looked at them under a microscope and was inspired to recreate it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Chinchillas have 50 hairs per follicle which is why their fur is so soft, like a fine thread count animals.howstuffworks.com…
Reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light. This means that they can easily tell the difference between white fur and snow because white fur has much higher contrast. It helps them discover predators early in snowy landscapes. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
California sea otters blow air into their fur to keep them afloat and insulated. This is possible because of their amazingly thick and intricate fur that traps the air bubbles as they blow onto it. kqed.org/science/25908/th…
Rick Kosick of Jackass/Wildboyz fame took the iconic photograph on the cover for Deftones' Around the Fur revolvermag.com/culture/d…
Animals can't make vitamin D in their skin because their fur or feathers shade it from the sun. In the oils secreted on their fur or feathers are the precursors, and after vitamin D is produced they lick it up when grooming. chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/vitam…
Cookie monster doesn't really eat cookies, but instead, rice cakes. This is because the oils in cookies would ruin his fur muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Co…
A moth species has evolved to live in sloth fur. The moths use sloth dung to incubate their eggs and when they hatch, the moths fly back into a sloth's fur, completing the cycle. When the moths die, their corpses fertilize moss growing in the sloth's fur, which provide camouflage and...nutrition independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Black lemurs are native to the forests of northwestern Madagascar. They primarily eat fruit, but they also have developed a habit of mildly biting into toxic millipedes whose glandular secretions cause the lemurs to get high and salivate. When applied to their fur, the toxins wards off insects. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned about a tiny Australian marsupial that is literally sexing itself into extinction. During a 3-week sex marathon session males have so much sex their bodies produce fatal levels of testosterone, causing immune system failure that result in internal bleeding, fur loss, ulcerations and gangrene. abc.net.au/news/2018-05-1…
Sloths grow algae on their fur which acts as a tiny ecosystem for other insects and Moths. Researchers have found up to 150 living things on a single Sloth. There is a species of Moth that has only ever been found living on a Sloth www-independent-co-uk.cdn…
Those tufts of fur inside a cats ears are called β€œear furnishings”. cuteness.com/article/type…
In the middle ages some kings had clothes made from "Salamander fur" which were completely fire-proof and bright white. The name likely comes from the common belief that Salamanders were "born from fire". The clothes were actually made out of asbestos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
If the outer temperature of Polar bear fur is close to that of the surrounding ice and snow, the bear becomes invisible in the infrared light. researchgate.net/publicat…
In the 1940s, 50 North American beavers were introduced to the area by the Argentine government to help start a fur industry β€” their numbers have now swelled to an estimated 100,000, invading roughly 16 million hectares of unique, indigenous forest, and causing millions of dollars of damages. nature.com/news/2008/0806…
Women in the 18th century shaved off their eyebrows and replaced them with mouse fur dollarshaveclub.com/conte…
The official garb of Canada's Supreme Court is a red and white fur robe. scc-csc.ca/judges-juges/i…
Many companies, including Sean John, have been caught mislabeling raccoon dog fur as faux fur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…

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