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Sally very carefully hand cuts the valable fur....<br />
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Resourceful rabbit owner Sally May is making her winter woollies from the fleece of her fluffy Angora bunnies.<br />
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Sally, who lives in Wiltshire, got her first Angora rabbit 40 years ago when a friend wanted to get rid of one. Now she has 20 which she regularly clips to make the warmest, softest, and even waterproof, wool.<br />
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Angora fibres are prized for their fluffy texture. It's about six times warmer than sheep's wool, and the fibre is also exceptionally fine, just 11 microns (thousands of a millimetre), which make it softer than cashmere. It has a trade value of £22 to £28 per kilo.<br />
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The 67-year-old also exhibits her pampered pets at big shows, the rabbit equivalent of Crufts, and her brown-grey angora Brianna just won 'best in show' at the Three Counties Show in Malvern, just beating its sister Bunny.