Bald squirrels are not that uncommon;
their hair loss is usually related to an illness caused by
The Guinea Pig
The Skinny Pig is a hairless breed of guinea
pig. Judging by their 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 was 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.
Hairless rats are produced by breeding different
combinations of genes. On the other hand, hairless lab rats
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.
These are Peruvian hairless dogs. Machu Picchu (the
4-months-old pup in the picture above) was offered to 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.
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. She is being cared for at a wildlife shelter in
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.
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. The hairless Sabrina always had to be
carried close to a warm body or wrapped up in a blanket to keep
Hairless Syrian hamsters lack fur due to a
genetic disorder. Hairless hamster pups are only born to parents
with the hairless gene, so they aren’t supposed to breed.
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.
Dolores the bear 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 animals do not seem to be suffering from any other
Meet Betty, the cute bald hedgehog-ette from
Foxy Lodge rescue center, UK. She is a healthy and absolutely
fine critter apart from being bald, the cause of which is
Oscar was a 35-year-old Moluccan cockatoo female
that suffered from a condition affecting birds – Beak and
Feather Disease. She would pluck her own feathers because they
would irritate her so much.
These mammals sometimes might develop a parasitic
infestation (mange or fungal infection) that cause their hair to
fall out. This is quite a common phenomenon in wildlife.