A homeless, hairless hamster who made headlines last month when a shelter worker made her a tiny sweater has been adopted.
Silky the hamster was surrendered to the Oregon Humane Society in October when her family moved and could not continue to care for her. Because she is hairless, due to a genetic mutation, she needs to be kept in a heated environment, especially during the winter. She also is fed a higher protein diet to help keep her warm.
To help keep her warm when she is out of her habitat, a shelter worker crocheted a tiny sweater for the 1-year-old hamster.
Photos of Silky in her tiny knit sweater went viral because, well, how could they not? Just look at this cuteness:
And all of that media attention helped Silky find a new home.
Matthew Sears of Southeast Portland was reading a BBC News article when he came across Silky’s story, OHS reported on its website. He contacted the shelter and he and Silky seemed to be a perfect match. Not only was Sears ready to add a pet to his life, but, like Silky, he is “hair-challenged.”
“He jokes that he imagined Silky would say, ‘There’s Daddy!’ when they first met,” OHS wrote on its site.
Silky was sent to her new home with a care package that included her habitat and, of course, her tiny sweater.