Botswana tortoise sports fur?

Baton arrives today (30.01.2014) in Botswana!

With 70% of Botswana being covered by the Kalahari Desert (which also spreads into Namibia and South Africa), it may come as no surprise to find that among our connections to Botswana, The Hunterian holds an artefact originating from the Kalahari desert:

GLAHM E.1925.35/1

What is surprising is the fact that this the artefact – a Kalahari Tent tortoise – has a fur collar attached to one end.

Here to explain away our possible mystification is current University of Glasgow Archivist, Rachael Egan.
Take it away, Rachael:
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