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.
“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.
The habitat is actually warm, but Silky still looks rather naked.
So, Mejia started knitting.
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.
Sears jokes that since they are both “hair-challenged,” they feel like family.