Friday, August 12, 2011

A Maine Coon in the Snow

Here is a Maine coon silver tabby. It is probaly pure bred. There hair does not usaly get this long.

Maine Coons have several physical adaptations for survival in harsh winter climates. Their dense water-resistant fur is longer and shaggier on their underside and rear for extra protection when they are walking or sitting on top of wet surfaces of snow or ice.[24] Their long and bushy raccoon-like tail is resistant to sinking in snow, and can be curled around their face and shoulders for warmth and protection from wind and blowing snow and it can even be curled around their backside like a insulated seat cushion when sitting down on a snow or ice surface.[25][26] Large paws, and especially the extra-large paws of polydactyl Maine Coons,[27] facilitate walking on snow and are often compared to snowshoes.[24] Long tufts of fur growing between their toes help keep the toes warm and further aid walking on snow by giving the paws additional structure without significant extra weight.[26] Heavily furred ears with extra long tufts of fur growing from inside help keep their ears warm.[24]


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