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***Vulpine Anatomy (Fur)***

Almost all Vulpine species have fur (except Dolphins, Orcas, and Vulpes-born Humans).  There are two main types of fur coats that various Vulpines have
 
Seasonal Fur Coats: These grow during the late-summer and fall and are at their thickest during the winter.  Each spring, species with seasonal coats will have their fur trimmed so that they're comfortable in the spring and most of the summer.
 
Permanent Fur Coats: Species with permanent fur coats shed their fur naturally during puberty, replacing their child fur with longer and stronger adult fur.  Some species with permanent fur coats may never grow their fur back if it is removed (I.E.: Horses and Seals)
 
There are also five different sub-types of fur coat that describe the primary functions of the coats.
 
Warm Fur: Most common in canine species and raccoons.  These fur coats are designed to keep the individual warm in the wintertime and can be used to make clothes and blankets when the fur is trimmed in the spring.
 
Soft Fur: Most common in mice (especially mousettes), hamsters and minks (especially female minks): These fur coats are usually very thin compared to the warmer fur coats, but they are also extremely soft and gentle.
 
Composite Fur (Combination of the first two sub-types): Most common in rabbits, pandas, deer and foxes.  These fur coats provide both the warmth of a warm fur coat and the gentle touch of a soft fur coat.
 
Defensive Fur: This is only found in hedgehogs, aside from the rest of their fur (which is closer to the soft fur description), hedgies have lots of quill-like hairs on their back.  Under normal conditions, these quills are soft and safe to touch.  However, each of these quills has a barb inside of them that becomes exposed whenever a hedgie feels that she is in danger.  Sometimes whenever an individual is pricked by a hedgie's quills, she will inject Level 5 rabies into whoever just got pricked.  Unless it is an individual that also has rabies or is immune to rabies, the virus, super-charged by the hedgie's immune system is lethal within MINUTES.  I will explain this more in the "Biological weapons" section.
 
Waterproof Fur: Found in aquatic mammals (except Dolphins and Orcas).  Individuals with these fur coats can swim underwater for extended periods of time or get wet from a water source (rain, sprinkler, etc) and have almost all the water bead up and run off their fur.  These fur coats are ABSOLUTELY PERMANENT and will not grow back if removed, though some species can live without the fur underwater, Seals MUST have their fur to swim underwater.  If a seal has their fur removed, they run the risk of not being able to surface for air in time when it is essential and could drown.
 
Dolphins and Orcas do not have fur coats, they have skin that is a composite of human skin and seal fur.  This enables Dolphins and Orcas to live above water as well as below since (unlike their real ancestors) they retain their water in their bodies.
 
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