National Geographic : 1948 Jan
© National Geographic Society Kiocacnromes Dy(leFriele Backer Injured Innocence Gives Way to Yelping Wrath as Fluffy Whitecoat Eyes His Captor Cuddly and lovable, this five-day-old harp seal is at the best age to be taken for fur. The pups lose their valuable woolly coat between 14and 20days after birth. During the first two weeks of its life the infant harp lives entirely on mother's milk, which has a very highfat content-48 percent, according totheauthor, compared with about 4 percent fat in cow's milk. Harp seals usually bear a single cub, occasionally twins.