Silky the hairless hamster has been knitted a woolly jumper by kind-hearted carer
Hamster Silky has her own woolly jumper to keep warm because she was born without any hair.
The bald one-year-old was left at an animal shelter in Portland, Oregon, in the United States when her family moved to a colder area and could no longer care for her.
Staff noticed the shivering hamster huddled in the corner of her cage while trying to keep warm so kind-hearted care technician Selene Mejia knitted Silky a 5cm long white woolly sweater complete with holes for her tiny paws.
Silky, who resembles classic children’s tv show characters The Clangers , is looking for a new home after beating an eye infection.
Carer Diana Gabaldon said: “Silky is hairless due to a genetic mutation. 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.”
Silky is able to survive without her sweater in a hamster cage as long as it is kept warm and clean but she wears the jumper “on special occasions” when she’s taken out of the cage in order to stay warm.