Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Atka, Your Roots Are Showing!

For many of us, rainy days can be bad "hair days." Although Wolf Conservation Center Ambassador Wolf Atka need not fret about his looks, rainy weather can take its toll on a wolf tresses as well.  Wet days often reveal that Atka is not the color he usually appears to be. This natural beauty's coat consists of two elements: the long guard hairs that form the visible outer layer of of the coat and the soft dense undercoat. The coarse guard hairs determine Atka's appearance/color. These hairs are hollow and without pigment so most of the time Atka appears white. The undercoat, however, is usually gray in color and on rainy days this layer is more visible. No need for a dye job Atka, we love you roots and all!

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