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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fur

As a source of warmth, the value of fur has been prized since the days of the Stone Age. As early as 3500 BC garments made of certain furs were symbols of the wearer's wealth.

The early settlers in America learned much from the Indians about dressing the various furs as protection against the cold winters of the New World. It was not the simple farmers of New England who originated the great fur trade but the woodsmen of New France.

The fuzzy hats worn by Britain’s elite infantry regiments (including Buckingham Palace guards) are made of North American black bear fur.

According to Humane Society International, over eight million animals are trapped yearly for fur, while more than 30 million are raised in fur farms.

The sea otter is the furriest creature on Earth, with an incredible 140,000 hairs per square centimeter of skin.

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc.

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