Imagine your most beloved pet you’ve had during your life. You could probably recognize them anywhere. Now what if they were hairless??
When you see an animal that you have seen a hundred times, and then you see them bald, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell what it is. Some animals are totally unrecognizable without their fur. But does that meant they can’t be cute? A lot of what makes your pet adorable is their fur and coloration. Without that they can kind of look like little aliens.
So that begs the question… Adorable or Terrifying? What do you think?
4.) Parrots: Oscar the 35 year-old Moluccan parrot had Beak and Feather disease.
The condition compelled her to pick out her own feathers because they irritated her. Vibrant feathers are a defining characteristic of parrots and the lack of feathers is a bit off putting.
1.) Rabbits: This little guy was born in 2009, almost completely hairless.
Later, he grew a normal amount of fur… but got a little less adorable.
9.) Chimpanzees: Chimps can suffer from alopecia, an illness that results in hair loss. Humans can also suffer from this disease.
2.) Spectacled Bears: Dolores the spectacled bear, and her female companions at a zoo in Germany, all lost their hair.
It’s thought to be a genetic condition. In this case a really sad and slightly frightening genetic condition.
5.) Raccoons: This raccoon was spotted losing its hair, most likely due to mange (which is fairly common in wildlife).
7.) Guinea Pigs: It looks like someone used a shrink ray on a hippo, but really this is a hairless guinea pig.
You can purchase a hairless guinea pig, or “skinny pig” from a breeder. Awww…
8.) Penguins: This bald penguin was born in a Chinese aquarium and was rejected by its mother for not having a fluffy coat.
Zoo keepers were able to nurture him until he was able to grow his coat of downy feathers.
11.) Kangaroos: Sabrina the baby kangaroo was abandoned by her mother. Usually baby kangaroos stay in their mother’s womb until they are old enough to come out. This little one was out on her own before she was really furry enough! Still just so cute.
10.) Wombats: Karmann the wombat was an orphan. Typically, wombats stay in their mother’s pouch until they are 7 months-old.
As he grows, he will gain normal wombat fur and coloration.
3.) Hedgehogs: Betty the hedgehog is completely bald, but folks at Foxy Lodge rescue center aren’t entirely sure why.
There is no denying she is bald and beautiful. How can you deny that adorable face?
6.) Squirrels: This is not a rat! It’s just a little bald squirrel
It is not uncommon for squirrels to lose their hair due to a mite infestation.