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July 27, 2021
Jeans are just blue denim cloth with some pockets sewn on. But at the Kamine Zoo in Japan, animals have helped MAKE jeans. The zoo took big rubber tires -- a favorite toy of big animals like lions and bears -- and wrapped them up in blue denim. Then they let the animals claw and chew away at them. Tigers tended to work alone; bears worked in pairs, and lions piled on in groups. When they were done chewing and scratching, the zookeepers rescued the torn, shredded cloth and sewed it into jeans. They sold the jeans to make money for the zoo. As you see in this video, the claw marks make you look like you rolled around in the lion's den yourself!
Wee ones: If lions, tigers and bears worked on these jeans, how many types of animals helped?
Little kids: If a tiger, 2 bears and 3 lions all helped shred the jeans, how many animals is that?  Bonus: If each one used only its 2 front paws, how many paws got into the act?
Big kids: If you have 8-foot-long pieces of chewed-up denim, how many pieces would stretch 48 feet if laid end to end?  Bonus: If 1 tiger-torn pair cost 120,000 yen (Japanese money), and 1 yen equals about 1 US penny (1/100 of a dollar), for how much did those jeans sell in dollars? The sky's the limit: If people will buy a lion pair of jeans for $2,700, a bear pair for $3,600, and a tiger pair for a price exactly halfway between, how much does a tiger pair sell for?      

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