peeled off v. slid off

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"As I gaped in amazement, the black wolf fur peeled off their arms and legs, then slid off their bodies."

I see no difference between peeled off and slid off above. Would you please explain it? It is clear that the children dressed a wolf man costume for a joke and they were removing/taking off the dress. I know demonstrating such words are hard.

https://books.google.com.tr/books?i...and legs, then slid off their bodies&f=false

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"Slid off" suggests a smooth movement, with the fur simply falling off, from the bodies to the floor.
"Peeled off" suggests a slightly slower movement, with the connotation of a movement similar to someone peeling a banana.
 

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