Why dont sheep shrink when they get wet?

November 25, 2009 3:45pm CST
Why dont sheep shrink when they get wet? my woolen jumpers always do when I put them in the wash. Also where do butterflies go at night? and if hot air rises why is it so bloody cold on the top of a mountain? Food for thought, diet for the mind, let me know your top Why? questions and if you can answer mine that'd be marvelous!
2 responses
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Sheep don't shrink when they get wet for several reasons. One is because their wool contains lanolin which is rather water repellent. Also they usually get wet with cold water and they aren't tumbled dry. (Could you see trying to put a whole sheep in the dryer? ) If you were to wash them with hot or warm water and then dry them with hot or warm air their wool might shrink. When hot air rises, it avoids the top of mountains because it knows that there is someone at the top of the mountain who wants to be warm. My favorite was "How do snakes mate?" Then I saw the answer on a documentary on snakes on Animal Planet...it is awesome to watch.
@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
26 Nov 09
?! actually its more elementary... but I will answer your question.. its the heat of the washing machine..try hand wash.. also sheep don't shrink when they get wet they actually become buffy and heavy because the wool absorb water.. butterflies go out by day moth go out by night.. so where do butterfly go at night? Actually no place preffered..it just that they are so small and unnoticesable that you can't see them at night..try to use your flashlight it can help.. actually its depend on geography..but yeah top of the mountain are cooler than plains because of ultra violet rays. Our planet is protected by ozone layer..The tall mountain are nearer to the ozone so they are more protected than the plains.. Also because of the heat the water evaporates..and when they reach the sky it condense that why it get cooler.. hope I answer your question..lolz