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Polar hair

We spent Labor Day at the Denver Zoo.

Throughout the exhibits, volunteers show kids educational materials like zebra goggles (helps humans see the world through a zebra’s eyes) and real animal skins.

At the polar bear exhibit, an older woman had a real polar bear pelt draped over her arm. She encouraged the kids to touch it as she explained that the skin itself is black and the hair is not actually white, but hollow tubes which absorb light. I pet the pelt, too. It was rough and thick, just as one would expect.

Tommy asked several questions before offering up the observation that the lady’s hair looked just like the polar bear pelt.

I hope she is laughing about it now.

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