These 15 Animals Without Hair Are Barely Recognizable
Furry animals can lose their fur for a number of reasons, such as natural processes (seasonality or aging), biological dysfunctions (nutrient imbalance), genetic mutations, diseases, or parasitic infestations. In some cases, some species are specifically bred to be hairless.
While you may have probably seen the Sphynx cat without fur, there are many more animals that thrive in the wild in their nakedness.
Sure, being fur-free comes with its challenges, like dealing with the sun’s rays and keeping cool. But these animals have mastered the art of survival without the fuzz. Luckily, these 15 animals without fur don’t seem to mind the fur or feather loss.
Take a look at these photos of animals without fur and tell us what you think — are these hairless animals still just as cute as they are with their furs and feathers?
This cute bunny was born in 2009 and instantly became an Internet sensation for being bald. Fortunately, after three months, this hairless rabbit grew his first coat and turned out to be as normal as his fluffy siblings. (Source: teddytassen.se).
Dolores, the bear without fur, is among other female bears that were affected by sudden hair loss at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany. Some experts believe this was caused by a genetic defect, though the bears without hair do not seem to be suffering from any other afflictions. (Source: Daily Mail)
Meet Betty, the cute bald hedgehog-ette from Foxy Lodge Fescue Center, UK. She is a healthy and absolutely fine critter apart from being bald, the cause of which is unknown.
Oscar was a 35-year-old Moluccan cockatoo female who suffered from a condition called Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), affecting birds. Oscar would pluck her own feathers because they would irritate her so much. (Source: Daily Mail)
These mammals might sometimes develop a parasitic infestation (mange or fungal infection) that causes their hair to fall out. It is quite common to see these hairless animals in the wild.
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Bald squirrels are not that uncommon; their hair loss is usually related to an illness caused by mites. (Source: Daily Mail)
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The Skinny Pig is a hairless breed of guinea pig. Judging by these bald animals’ pink skin, there’s no need to explain why guinea pigs are called “pigs.”
This bald baby penguin was born without feathers and was rejected by his parents at an aquarium in China’s Liaoning Province. Workers at the aquarium decided that the baby penguin’s lack of feathers and weak condition were due to difficulties digesting food and absorbing nutrition. Thanks to his keepers, the bird managed to grow a feathery coat and was successfully re-introduced to its family. (Source: Daily Mail)
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Hairless rats are produced by breeding different combinations of genes. Animals without fur provide researchers with valuable data on compromised immune systems and genetic kidney diseases.
Chimpanzees, like other monkeys, apes, and humans, sometimes suffer from alopecia — an illness that can make them lose hair from all over the body. These poor creatures attract many visitors to zoos. (Source: RedEyedRex)
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These unique animals are Peruvian hairless dogs. Machu Picchu (the 4-month-old pup in the picture above) was offered as a pet to U.S. President Barack Obama. He promised his daughters a new pet for the White House, but the dog had to be hypoallergenic because one of them is allergic to most dog breeds. Peruvian hairless dogs are said to be perfect for sensitive people due to their lack of hair. (Source: Karel Navarro)
Meet Karmann — an orphaned baby wombat from Australia. Wombats are supposed to stay in their mother’s pouch until they are seven months old. However, poor Karmann was rescued from the pouch of her dying mother at 3 months old, so she is hairless. (Source: Daily Mail)
The bald baboon female was spotted in Zimbabwe’s countryside. The animal might have lost its hair due to alopecia. However, this hairless baboon was spotted in the wild, so the cause of its baldness is unknown. (Source: Daily Mail)
This tiny creature is Sabrina, a female kangaroo who was abandoned by her mother at the Serengeti Park in Germany. These animals do not develop hair until they emerge from the mother’s pouch. Sabrina always had to be carried close to a warm body or wrapped up in a blanket to keep her warm. (Source: Daily Mail)
Hairless Syrian hamsters lack fur due to a genetic disorder. Hairless hamster pups are only born to parents with the hairless gene. (Source: The Thicket Rabbitry)
Can Animals Live Without Fur?
Yes, animals can live without fur, and there are several examples across various species where a lack of fur is a natural and adaptive feature. For example, the Sphynx cat is a breed known for its nearly hairless appearance. This cat breed has a genetic mutation that results in minimal coat development. Despite their lack of fur, Sphynx cats are kept as pets and can live healthy, happy lives with proper care.
Even our feathered friends undergo a hairless transformation when they molt (shed their feathers) like this owl without hair. Don’t worry; this hairless owl grew back its feathers!
There are also hairless dog breeds, such as the Chinese Crested Dog and the Mexican Hairless Dog (Xoloitzcuintli). These breeds possess a genetic trait that leads to a lack of fur or a very short coat. Like other dogs, they can lead normal, active lives.
Animals Without Fur: Nature’s Naked Wonders
These strange animals may not be super cute or fluffy, but they sure are adorable! And we’re sure you are not going to forget a hairless bear or a hairless rabbit when you see one. That’s one way to make an impression!
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