Sweater Late Than Never! Shivering Hairless Hamster Fitted for Tiny Top for the Winter
A hairless hamster named Silky was given a tiny sweater to keep warm after a staff member from the Oregon Humane Society saw her shivering in her cage.
Hamsters are known to be little fluff balls who run on wheels all day, but Silky has suffered a few setbacks.
For starters, Silky has a rare genetic disorder that doesn’t allow her to grow any fur. She was surrendered to the Oregon Humane Society, where workers say she’s "one of a kind."
“Some people's reaction is like, ‘uh-she’s a scary animal,’ but Silky is different in her own way,” David Lytle, a spokesperson for the Oregon Humane Society, told InsideEdition.com.
Of all the 11,500 animals that they adopt each year, vets and volunteers know the special hamster as a "very curious and friendly" pet. Little Silky loves to be held and appreciates affection.
Since the little critter doesn’t have enough to work with when it comes to keeping warm, animal care technician Selene Mejia took it upon herself to crochet a tiny sweater after she found Silky shivering in the corner of her cage.
“Usually her cage is always warm, but of course Silky is hairless and needs extra warmth. We appreciated Selene’s help and this is why we have the staff we have," Lytle told InsideEdition.com.
The organization is also planning on crocheting additional sweaters for their not-so-furry friend.
Although Silky is totally rocking the custom made sweater, she doesn’t wear it all the time because Veterinarians believe the 4-ounce rodent will chew it off, creating digestive issues.
"As a rule, hamsters and sweaters usually do not go together," the Oregon Humane Society, the largest and oldest animal organization in the Pacific Northwest, said in a statement.
"Some hamsters don’t like clothing of any type, and other hamsters may attempt to eat the fabric, which would not be good for their tummies. We advise viewers not to try this at home unless they are experienced animal handlers and can keep a close eye on their pet at all times."
Tiny Silky will be up for adoption after she is fully recovered from an eye infection, but hopefully her new family will give her a different kind of love she deserves.
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