These 10 animals, for various reasons, are hairless. The bald animals are either cute or terrifying, there seems to be nothing in between. So, Checkout these 10 hairless animals.
10. Hairless Chicken
Behold the Hairless chicken, created by scientists at the genetics faculty at the Rehovot Agronomy Institute near Tel Aviv, Israel. It is thought this naked bird will create a more “convenient” and energy efficient chicken which can live in warm countries where feathered chickens don’t thrive and cooling systems are too expensive to be commonly affordable. Not growing feathers saves energy that can be used to produce meat. Critics say the feather-free chickens will suffer more than ordinary birds. Males might be unable to mate, because they cannot flap their wings, and “naked” chickens of both sexes are more susceptible to parasites, mosquito attacks, and sunburn.
Vets are baffled as to why female bears at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany have gone bald. In 2012, a mystery condition caused three spectacled bears to lose hair from their heads, legs, and backs. Typically, before winter, the bears (Dolores, Lolita, and Bianca) grow an even thicker fur coat in preparation for the cold months ahead. However, they had to huddle together for warmth until a cure was found.
Hairless Guinea Pig
An abandoned hairless guinea pig becomes an Instagram star A guinea pig named Ludwik has gone from abandoned rescue animal to beloved pet and Instagram star in less than a year. His owner, Agata Nowacka, found him abandoned in a pet store, riddled with fungal infection and diseases. She took him in and nursed him back to health.
In 2015, she set up an Instagram account for Ludwik, who is a “skinny pig” (a hairless breed). Ludwik needs weekly baths and a strict moisturizing regime to stay healthy. The beloved pet and adorable Instagram start has garnered more than 156,000 followers by posing in cute outfits.
This cute bunny was born in 2009 and he instantly became an Internet sensation for being bald. Fortunately, after three months he grew his first coat and turned out to be as normal as his fluffy siblings.
Sweet Rhea, the Naked Birdie, suffers from psittacine beak and feather disease which leaves her completely without feathers. What she lacks in fluff, she makes up for in attitude—and this little birdie has plenty of personality to spare. Her daily adventures and adorable outfits have made her a star on Instagram, and she has even become an icon for the disabled, as she proves that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with looking a little different.
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Meet Silky, an adorable hamster who was given up by her owners when they had to make a move. She’s now living at the Oregon Humane Society. Silky’s got a very special, unique quality. Thanks to a genetic mutation, she’s completely hairless and smaller and slimmer than an average hamster. She, therefore, has to be kept warm and cozy during colder seasons. An animal care technician, Selene Mejia, felt bad after seeing the hamster huddling in the corner of its cage. So, she made a sweater for Silky that fits just right over its soft, sensitive skin.
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Unlike most penguins, who lose their feathers gradually, Ralph sheds his coat all in one go. This leaves the poor, 16-year-old Humboldt vulnerable to freezing winter temperatures. He is also particularly susceptible to sunburn because of his unusual molting pattern. Surfing brand O’Neill came up with an ingenious penguin-friendly wetsuit for Ralph, complete with his name on the back. The suit, with holes for his wings and head, allows him to play with his friends at Marwell Wildlife Center, near Winchester, Hampshire. Another bald baby penguin was born without feathers and was rejected by his parents at an aquarium in China’s Liaoning Province. Thanks to his keepers, the bird managed to grow a feathery coat and was successfully re-introduced to its family.
Ashes is a 13-year-old chimpanzee with no hair. When he was born, he had beautiful fur, but a year later, he was completely bald. He is believed to suffer from alopecia universalis, which is also found among humans. Looking at his arms, we can understand why a chimp could easily rip a human’s arms off if it wanted to—he’s just a huge pile of muscles.
2. Sphynx Cat
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The Sphynx is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat (fur), though it is not truly hairless. The Sphynx was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has fine hairs. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and all the usual cat markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin. Because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch as well as heat-seeking.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid, or Peruvian Hairless, is one of the rarest and weirdest looking dog breeds in the world. Dating back to pre-Incan times, this dog is rooted deep in Peruvian culture. The breed got to the 21st century on the brink of extinction, and that’s when the government decided to safeguard it by ordering all archeological sites along the coast to have at least a pair. They are now also Peru’s only own world-registered breed. The dogs are characterized—as their name indicates—by their stark, hairless appearance. However, some do occasionally give birth to pups with hair. Most hairless specimens often have tufts of hair on their tails, feet, and head and are black, brown or elephant gray in color. Certain dogs also have large, pink freckles that blend into the skin tone as the dog ages.