Where Does Wool Come From?

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Most wool comes from sheep, although some wool is harvested from goats, muskoxen, rabbits and certain camelid species. Wool produces a unique textile with qualities that cannot be found in fur, such as its crimped texture, elasticity and tendency to grow in clusters for easy harvesting.

Wool is harvested by shearing the animal, which involves using sharp shears to effectively remove the wool from the animal. The wool is usually removed down to the skin and then allowed to regrow. Sheep may be shorn at all times of the year, although pregnant ewes are not typically shorn in the winter, to prevent their unborn lambs from the cold.