Homeless hairless hamster gets mini custom-made sweater at Oregon shelter

It can be tough being a hamster. Cold, actually, if you’re a hairless hamster.

But the folks at the Oregon Humane Society recently made life a more warm and comfy for Silky — one lucky little girl, whose family had to move and could no longer care for her.

You see, a volunteer knitted wee Silky a pint-sized sweater. 

Everyone loves Silky at the Oregon Humane Society/Facebook
Everyone loves Silky at the Oregon Humane Society. How could you not?/Facebook

“Silky is hairless due to a genetic mutation,” Diana Gabaldon, OHS staffer, said in a statement. “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.”

OHS Animal Care Technician Selene Mejia felt badly when she saw the year-old hamster “huddled” in the corner of her cage.

Silky the hairless hamster at the Oregon Humane Society/Facebook
Silky the hairless hamster at the Oregon Humane Society/Facebook

The habitat is actually warm, but Silky still looks rather naked.

Silky's habitat is actually warm. Oregon Humane Society/Facebook
Silky’s habitat is actually warm. Oregon Humane Society/Facebook

So, Mejia started knitting.

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Animal care tech Selene Mejia knitted a tiny sweater for Silky. Oregon Humane Society/Facebook

Silky and her custom-made sweater started making news around the world.

That’s how Matthew Sears heard about the wayward rodent. He trotted over to the shelter and has since adopted Silky.

“Silky likes people and is super friendly and outgoing,” he tells the shelter.

Silky and her new papa, Matthew Sears. Oregon Humane Society/Facebook
Silky and her new papa, Matthew Sears. Oregon Humane Society/Facebook

Sears jokes that since they are both “hair-challenged,” they feel like family.

 

h/t 6abc News Photos Oregon Humane Society

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