1. d) Sea Otters have about 800 million hairs on their body. That’s a lot of fur! Why do they need that much fur? Well, they don’t hold onto a lot of fat to protect them in the colder months, and so a warm coat comes in very handy.
2. True. Canadian Beavers groom themselves with both their front and back paws. When they comb through their fur, they end up coating their fur coat in the oil they release near the base of their tail, and this keeps their fur waterproof. Pretty important for mammals that spend a lot of their time in the water!
3. a) Snowshoe Hares have grey-brown fur in the summer, but they turn completely white in the winter! This helps them to hide away in the snow from predators.
4. c) Grizzly Bears are big animals. They weigh between 200 and 500 kilograms. But their long fur helps to make them look much heavier and much more intimidating than they actually are.
5. True. Polar Bears may look white, which keeps them hidden away in their Arctic habitat, but the skin underneath all their fur is black. This helps them soak up the sun a little easier, keeping them warm in their cold habitat.
6. c) Black-footed Ferrets have partly yellow fur so they can hide away from predators like coyotes and foxes. But it also helps them sneak up on their prey!