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Possum Fur

The brushtail possum is a small marsupial with a coat of unique, valuable fur. The secret of this fur’s warmth is its hollow structure, an attribute found in only one other species – the polar bear. With air trapped inside the fibre the fur provides sumptuous warmth, natural insulation and incredible lightness. In New Zealand this possum is also a major threat to our native wildlife – and its use in high-end fashion helps bolster our country’s conservation efforts. The brush-tailed possum is a major pest in New Zealand. It was introduced from Australia in 1837 to establish a fur industry. In Australia its population is kept down from dingoes, bush fires and less palatable vegetation. In New Zealand conditions are quite favourable for possums and the population now tops 70 million. It is estimated that they consume 70 million tonnes of native and introduced vegetation per year. The following is a series of points of the damage possums do: They damage our native forest. They eat the new growth leaving the old as well as eating berries and flowers. Often trees will end up dying. They compete with the native birds by eating insects and berries as well as eating their eggs and chicks, of which many are endangered species. They can damage crops as well as people's gardens. They are a nuisance in suburban gardens. They spread bovine tuberculosis in cattle and deer which is damaging to the dairy industry. Possum products must not be left out in the sun. Sunlight even through a window will cause damage. The fur will fade and the hides will disintegrate. Possums are nocturnal marsupials and therefore their hides are not toughened nor conditioned for the sun. Bear Cottage makes various possum fur products including Teddy Bears, Bedspreads and Throws, Hats, Scarves, Slippers, Insoles, Cushions, Hot Water Bottle Covers and Bike Seat Cover. Our possum fur products are made from good quality skins.

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  1. Bolster

    Possum Fur Bolster Cushion

    All cushions are single sided fur and backed with velvet with zips. Measurements taken from flat and inner size. Size: 50cm length Learn More
    $170.00
  2. cushion

    Possum Fur Natural Brown Cushion

    All cushions are single sided fur and backed with velvet with zips. Measurements taken from flat and inner size, may be slightly smaller with inner in. Size: 35cm Made by Bear Cottage Learn More
    $100.00
  3. grey cushion

    Possum Fur Natural Grey Cushion

    All cushions are single sided fur and backed with black velvet with zips. Measurements taken from flat and inner size, may be slightly smaller with inner in. Size: 35cm Made by Bear Cottage Learn More
    $100.00
  4. champagne

    Possum Fur Dyed Cushions

    All cushions are single sided fur and backed with velvet with zips. Measurements taken from flat and inner size, may be slightly smaller with inner in. Size: 35cm Champagne cushion is dyed white/cream. Can be made into other dyed colours as shown in sample colour pictures. Please let me know colour choice before purchase to make sure available. Can make into other size cushions. Please let me know if interested. Dyed colours can vary in colour compared to pictures. Made by Bear Cottage Learn More
    $120.00
  5. possum fur queen bedspread grey

    Possum Natural Brown or Grey Fur Queen Bedspread

    This luxury possum fur throw consists of 40 top quality furs. It is 1.7m x 1.8m in size. It is backed in brown velvet or black velvet for grey fur bedspread. Pictures of standard various size ones. The bedspread is 10 furs wide by 4 furs long. Allow around 4 weeks to be sent. Made by Bear Cottage Learn More
    $2,400.00

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