Modern day camouflage clothing as we know it has become increasingly popular over the years with not just current or veteran military members or those who enjoy a weekend of hunting with friends and family but those who simply enjoy the aesthetic value of the patterns. At first it was a purely utilitarian device used to hide combatants of the various nations that fought from the increasing power of aerial observers during the second World War.
Everything under the sun seems to come in this motif these days from camo baby bedding to swathe your favorite infant in a mottled blanket to your favorite suit so you can attend that prom or wedding in camo formal. Almost every popular retailer whether it be clothing or car accessories seems to carry some form of this pattern to accessorize yourself however you see fit. There are even variations that have been coming out that poke fun at the original purpose of the pattern by introducing things like hot pink camouflage.
Before we humans borrowed this pattern nature as so often seems to be the case was one step ahead of us. Various species of animals developed and grew these patterns over the years to hide themselves from being stalked and eaten to hide the creature doing the hunting. Camouflage works the way it does to hide humans and animals alike by mimicking things like trees and grass which results in disrupting or changing of the color and countershading which plays with the light.
For animals like the giraffe this skill is important since their coat can vary widely depending on the area. Other creatures like the squid can change their coloration entirely to blend in with new and unfamiliar surroundings. Arctic fox and Arctic hare do not go quite as far as the squid in terms of color changing but their coats do change from dark in the summer to be able to blend in with the tundra to white in the winter to hide themselves in the snow. The ability to hide and change color is very beneficial to young animals as many cannot protect themselves from things that may want to eat them. Their only option is to hide until the parents return. One could say these creatures gave their offspring a form of camo baby bedding long before we did.