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Sable Hair

Martes zibellina is the scientific name of the true sable, though several other species are also sometimes referred to as sables. Native to northern portions of Asia, the fur of the carnivorous animal is thick and soft, providing it adequate warmth and protection from the cold climates it typically inhabits. The color of the fur ranges from brown to nearly black, and a lighter-hued throat patch and silver flecks are sometimes present. Human demand for the animalís splendid coat has greatly reduced wild populations, but the animal is now ranched in various locales, though primarily in Russia.

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