The hair of this animal is ten times finer than human hair.

There are animals with soft fur, and then there is the chirú, which has the finest fur in nature.

The chirú or Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii) exhibits hair strands 7 to 10 micrometers (one thousandth of a millimeter) in diameter, one tenth the thickness of a human hair.

The chiru is a medium-sized species of artiodactyl mammal of the subfamily Antilopinae native to the Tibetan highlands, northern India, and certain regions of Nepal and central China.

However, the trade in the wool of this mountain animal, known as the shahtoosh, has caused a drastic decline in its population.

Shahtoosh (also spelled Shatush), a Persian word meaning “Pleasure of Kings”, is the name given to a particular type of shawl, woven using the strands of the fur of the Tibetan antelope, or chiru, by Kashmiri weavers. Several chirú must be sacrificed to obtain the amount of material needed to make a Shahtoosh shawl.

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