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Weekend: fur, feathers, hair

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The patterns of fur, feathers and hair reveal a great deal about an animal origins, habits and adaptive abilities.

The Hyena, for example, is one of nature’s most unique animals. Contrary to popular believe, the hyena is not a canine; its evolution puts it exactly between canines and felines, it can be said that it is a mixture of these two categories of predators, a missing link.

Elephants, hippos and rhinos, although they have almost armor, cannot spend much time without hydrating the skin; the dryness can lead to serious cracks, which can cause deadly wounds and attract predators.

Feline patterns reveal aspects of their hunting habits. The lions, with clear and uniform hair, sneak and mix in the bush until they get closer to their prey and gain some advantage in a fast attack, thus compensating for the greater speed of most of their targets.

Leopards and cheetahs have camouflage patterns adapted to the wild, where it is more difficult for lions to steal their prey or threaten their young.

Researchers believe that zebras have a pattern more suited to the climate in which they live; more black or white stripes, reflect the habit of living in higher, cooler places, or warmer plains.

(all images from live animals in the wilderness)

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