Hairless Hamster Gets A Tiny Sweater To Keep Her Warm
"While she isn't fluffy like a normal hamster, she is just as cuddly and playful."
When Silky's family decided to move, they were unfortunately unable to bring her with them to their new home. She was brought to the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, Oregon, where staffers immediately fell in love with the unique little hamster.
Silky is a little different - because she has no hair.
"Silky is hairless due to a genetic mutation," Diana Gabaldon of the Oregon Humane Society told The Dodo. "While she isn't fluffy like a normal hamster, she is just as cuddly and playful as any other hamster. She does need to be kept in a heated environment, especially during the winter, and have a higher protein diet to keep her warm."
Due to her lack of hair, Silky definitely has a tendency to get cold easily. When animal care technician Selene Mejia saw Silky huddled in the corner of her cage, she felt bad for the little hamster, and decided she had to do something about it.
And so Mejia crocheted a special little sweater, just for Silky.
Silky is much more comfortable now that she's warm, and seems to be loving her stylish new sweater.
Silky currently has an eye infection, but as soon as that's cleared up, she'll be available for adoption. Silky is an incredibly sweet hamster and will fit wonderfully into any new home - just as long as it's nice and warm.