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25/09/2016, 13:00

Old fur coats are saving baby animals

Baby animals who are found orphaned or lost need all the warmth they can get as they recover — and discarded fur coats can help them feel at home.

A baby skunk finds comfort in a fox fur coat donated by Born Free USA's Fur for the Animals campaign. Now in its third year, Born Free USA's "Fur for the Animals" campaign has already collected more than 800 fur garments, worth an estimated $1.5 million, and distributed to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country.

These baby squirrels needed help after their tree was cut down. Now they snuggle together in a donated fur coat.

A coyote pup warms up in an old fox coat.

"Since we launched this campaign in 2014, we have seen an overwhelming outpouring of donations from across the globe: fur coats, scarves, hats, gloves, pillows, toys and more," Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, said in a release. "Frequently, the donations arrive with exceptionally moving thank-you notes from people relieved to find a worthy use for unwanted fur."

A baby Virginia opossum makes a little nest in an old fox fur coat. 

It's estimated that the furs, which are often inherited and would otherwise sit in storage units, represent 26,000 animals who were killed for fashion.

River otter kits recover with a donated mink.

Now the skins will go to sanctuaries and rescue centers, including the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California, and Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. 

Orphaned baby rabbits in a donated fur hat at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Missouri.

A one-year-old, three-legged black bear cub plays with a donated bison hide.

"The success of this campaign illustrates that consumers increasingly want nothing to do with fur in fashion," Roberts said. "While urging people to not buy fur, we also provide an answer with fur already purchased: Put it to good use by comforting wildlife."

A young raccoon cub takes a nap on donated fur.

Young bobcats settle down for a nap on a fur collected by Born Free USA.

If you work with a wildlife rescue center, you can learn how to partner with Born Free to get some furs for your animals by contacting

A baby brown bat, just under a week old, warms up in a do

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