The Science of Wet Dog Fur (Video)

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Did you know a dog can shake 70% of the water from its fur in four seconds? Of course, all dog owners know that; if not the exact numbers, the general principle, because they’ve seen it in action. But now researchers can tell us exactly how they do it.

And it’s not just dogs! Pretty much any furred mammal uses the same process to shed water from its fur. Why? Because in cold weather, wet fur can kill an animal, and there may not be enough sunlight to do the job quickly. So mammals shake it off. And not only that, but they shake at different frequencies depending on their size.

Here’s a fantastic video that gives you the slo-mo lowdown:

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One Response to The Science of Wet Dog Fur (Video)

  1. Matthew says:

    Great Video, and that water lands all over me most of the time

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