Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.
Most of the mammals we know and love are characterized by their thick coats of fur. It’s convenient in the colder months, and it’s just so soft and pet-able. After all, imagine how warm you’d be if you had fur!
But some animals don’t have that luxury, and when they live in a cold climate, they need a little help. You’ve probably heard of hairless dogs and cats, but it turns out more animals than you might think can go through life rocking the bald look.
Such was the case with Silky. Silky is a hamster born with not a strand of hair save for some whiskers on her little snoot.
She’s soft and pink, but she’s also quite sensitive to cold temperatures, so when she came to live at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, OR, the staff knew she would need a little help.
For one thing, Silky’s lack of fluff meant that she needed a special, warmed habitat to live and sleep in. But she can’t spend every waking moment in a box, and so for her adventures outside, one staff member at the humane society decided to deck her out in her very own, custom-made sweater.
Needless to say, it captured hearts everywhere, and ended up finding Silky a forever home.
His name was Matthew Sears, and he describes himself as “hair challenged,” just like Silky.
“I had a wonderful experience visiting the shelter,” he says. “If anyone ever feels bad they should visit there and meet all the happy people. Even if I had not adopted, it was a good experience: there was so much love.”
Silky went home with Sears, who also took her heated habitat and, of course, her tiny sweater.
Watch the video below to see another unexpected animal in a sweater — a tortoise!
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