I visited the west coast recently and spotted this in San Francisco -
No, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is an animal pelt of some kind housed within the spokes of the front wheel of a bike. Jack London immediately came to mind . . . was The Call of the Wild or White Fang required reading growing up for anyone else in the BikeHacks.com audience?
I have no idea what might be behind this, but certainly welcome commentary in comments.