Guard hairs are the longest, most coarse hairs in a mammal's coat, forming the topcoat (or outer coat). They taper to a point and protect the undercoat from the elements. They are often water repellent and stick out above the rest of the coat. Guard hairs add the sheen to the coat of an animal.
Muskrat ramble: imagine living in a house built of pizza. When you get hungry, you could just pull off part of the wall and bite right into it. On cold winter days, there would be little need to go out grocery shopping. But if you got too hungry, you might eat a hole right through the wall, and be left with a nasty draft and an opening that would appear inviting to unwelcome guests.(Brief Article)
Oct 01, 2001; As a Naturalist Intern at DEC's Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, I sometimes told classes that this is what...