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June 15, 2014 2:21 PM   Subscribe

Hairless Animals: some are born that way, some suffer from stress or alopecia. All look quite a bit different from their furry or feathered kin.
posted by quin (51 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
OMG the raccoon!!! I'd assumed that they were all fluff.
posted by mochapickle at 2:30 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


I was thinking "aw they're still cute even without the fur", then I got to the baboon... Bless her and all, but eeeeeeee!
posted by billiebee at 2:30 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


I'm not sure I want to be the guy who gives a haircut to a bear.
posted by Pudhoho at 2:33 PM on June 15


The bear looked seriously wrong without the hair.

The parrot, however, looked ready to cook.
posted by Dip Flash at 2:38 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


yeah that baboon is straight up horror movie shit
posted by Bookhouse at 2:46 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


Anyone else get served an ad for a furrier? The algorithm has a fucked-up sense of irony.
posted by univac at 2:50 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


Gossamer hates clippers.
posted by persona au gratin at 3:00 PM on June 15


Most of these aren't that different looking - animals with very thin coats like the squirrel or the dog or especially the rats pretty much just look like ... well, like they look normally, except more skin-y. I mean, is anyone surprised that a bald hamster just looks like a pink hamster?

That baboon, though, that is clearly from some sort of mesoamerican apocalypse scenario.
posted by kafziel at 3:02 PM on June 15


I've seen a bunch of hairless squirrels, and there is something especially creepy about them in person.

I also have seen hairless cats which look like incredibly bizarre aliens.
posted by jeather at 3:09 PM on June 15


The hairless chimpanzee reminded me of my uncle Imre. I haven't thought of him in years. He was such a great guy.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:17 PM on June 15 [11 favorites]


And the kangaroo! It looks like a dinosaw-ah!
posted by mochapickle at 3:24 PM on June 15


It looks like the chimpanzee received a dose of shame along with hairlessness. Talk about a plague of biblical proportions!

The hedgehog looks disturbingly like she has crawled into her own ass. I see a great future in internet punditry.

Lastly, the rabbit looks like it was genetically created to play the "wise teacher" in some ill-conceived live-action animal kids' show.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:25 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


The bear is scarier, the rabbit looks like an ancient kung fu master, and I wish to cradle the hedgehog to my heart.
posted by codswallop at 3:29 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


And the kangaroo! It looks like a dinosaw-ah!

That's what I've been saying all along!
posted by Sys Rq at 3:31 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


Also: Oh, so that's why they're called hedgehogs! Them's piggies!
posted by Sys Rq at 3:34 PM on June 15


I liked the friendly bald wombat. *waves*
posted by arcticseal at 3:35 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


There are some great pictures here, but I'm incredibly annoyed by the floating nav-bar that makes it impossible to get the whole picture on my screen at once unless I turn off my browser's main chrome. I'm at the native resolution for my reasonably sized, not too old laptop, 1280 x 800. More and more websites seem to assume I have an enormous screen and/or want to give over the the entirety of my screen to them.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 3:41 PM on June 15


Most of them look like naked versions of themselves, but I don't think I would have guessed that the raccoon was a raccoon if I saw it without prep.

Also, there's a cute picture of the rabbit's non-albino non-naked siblings cuddling up with him on his page.
posted by tavella at 3:42 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


My thanks to Oscar the cockatoo for finally making the dinosaur-bird connection understandable in my mind. Yes, your little wing shoulder looks like T-rex hands, yes it does!
posted by librarylis at 3:46 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


A friend has hairless cats. They feel like little suede hot water bottles. They also like to "nurse" bare skin, like regular cats nurse/knead blankets, because it reminds them of their mom.

I love this little bozo.
posted by bobobox at 3:49 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


For anyone curious, hairless cats are known as Sphynx cats. I did a post on their cuteness a while back.
posted by quin at 3:56 PM on June 15


The hairless guinea pig is awesome. Like owning a pig but with so much less mess. Also, how are hairless racoons still so cute?
posted by lesbiassparrow at 4:11 PM on June 15


A friend has hairless cats. They feel like little suede hot water bottles. They also like to "nurse" bare skin, like regular cats nurse/knead blankets, because it reminds them of their mom.

I love this little bozo.


You know cats and rats are different things, right?
posted by Sys Rq at 4:34 PM on June 15


You know cats and rats are different things, right?

¯\(°_o)/¯

That little bozo is a different little bozo.
posted by bobobox at 4:44 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


That wombat is perfectly chuffed with his position in life.
posted by Windigo at 4:55 PM on June 15 [5 favorites]


That first guinea pig looks like a tiny hippopotamus. Oh fer cute!
posted by Woodroar at 5:17 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


I like the penguin's general atmosphere, sort of "what of it"
posted by angerbot at 5:18 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


damn, that hairless chimpanzee is a freaking bullet-train to the uncanny valley.
posted by threeants at 5:29 PM on June 15 [5 favorites]


The bear looks like some other creature wearing a costume. Just weird and wrong somehow.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:35 PM on June 15 [4 favorites]


The rabbit looks just like the Lorax!
posted by fancyoats at 5:43 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


The bear looks fuckin' tough.
I feel really bad for the parrot. Do feathers grow back?

This post also made me miss my kitten really bad. :(
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:49 PM on June 15


I feel sorry for sphynx cats

It must suck to be cold all the time:
My aunt's sphinxes sleep on/under the Golden Retriever and when the ol' girl tries to move, roll over, shoo them away or in any other way fails to comply with cat nappy-time, the cats pin her to the ground with claw and fang to the ears. It sad and funny at the same time. Goldie has finally accepted defeat and usually just lies there; even to the point of pissing the floor once from being unable to get up. Aunt Jane now has to scoot the cats away every so often just so Goldie can have the chance to go outside or get some food/water if she so desires... Cats can be evil when they live in large family groups sharing similar agendas and peculiarities.
posted by sebastienbailard at 7:01 PM on June 15


My friend had two sphynxes and when I pet sat them, they slept at my feet like fuzzy water bottles that never got cold. My cat slept at my feet too, but over the covers, so even though Matilda was actually lying on Moe, they both could continue to pretend the other didn't exist overnight. (She now has a new sphynx who does not love me as much as the older ones did.)

Also she crochets them stupid looking clothing so she can take them to the vet in winter.
posted by jeather at 7:06 PM on June 15


I feel really bad for the parrot. Do feathers grow back?

birds are constantly dropping and re-growing feathers, but unfortunately that parrot has a disease that is making his feathers fall out. The disease also affects the immune system, so it will probably eventually kill him. It's a rather sad picture, really.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 7:16 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


OMG, tiny hippo! A hippo that fits in your hands! I want a hairless guinea pig so badly.
posted by vytae at 7:56 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


birds are constantly dropping and re-growing feathers, but unfortunately that parrot has a disease that is making his feathers fall out.

That's not what the caption says.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:10 PM on June 15


Okay, so hairless chimps look more like humans, and hairless baboons less like humans, than their hairy counterparts.

The bear looks prehistoric.
posted by gingerest at 8:24 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


At first, I though that someone had knit the hedgehog a cozy. Also, aren't alopeciatic (sp?) animals sometimes mistaken for cryptozoological animals like chupacabras and such?
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:45 PM on June 15


That's not what the caption says.

true - it said that the itchines made the poor thing pull it's feathers out, but birds can't get to the feathers on their own heads to pull - those must have fallen out on their own. (I am sad that I know this, I have such a soft spot for birds)
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 9:47 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


Now I really need someone to rewrite the lyrics to Take the Skinheads Bowling to accommodate the chorus "Knit the hedgehog a cosy".
posted by gingerest at 10:21 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


I like the penguin's general atmosphere, sort of "what of it"

In the second photo, yeah. In the first one, I was concerned he might be depressed. The Daily Mail noticed this too, calling him a "dejected little chap." He had been rejected by his parents, but then zookeepers fed him for a month, he grew a fur coat (see the last photo at that link), and his parents finally accepted him.
posted by John Cohen at 11:08 PM on June 15 [1 favorite]


He had been rejected by his parents, but then zookeepers fed him for a month, he grew a fur coat (see the last photo at that link), and his parents finally accepted him.

Sure, they accepted him once he changed to fit in. He should write AskMe, so he could be given a script to read to his parents.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:38 AM on June 16 [6 favorites]


As the owner of two male rats (with hair), I appreciate just how well the bald rat's baldness shows off the frankly occasionally horrifying size of rat balls.

(Also, I volunteer to cuddle to hairless hegehog. Forever.)
posted by kalimac at 3:03 AM on June 16


Wait, wait, wait. Hold the thread.
In that third picture of the rat, those two squashed lumps are its BALLS?!
The right lump is under its belly and the left lump is under its tail. Am I seeing this right?
posted by cranberrymonger at 6:53 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


Also, kalimac, why do you say "occasionally horrifying" w/r/t rat balls? When are they, and when are they not?
posted by cranberrymonger at 6:54 AM on June 16 [3 favorites]


I understand that the balls traditionally began in April, when débutantes were presented to the Rat King, and ended by the start of the shooting season on the twelfth or thirteenth of August.
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:18 AM on June 16 [5 favorites]


Cutest: Baby KangaROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Most embarrassed: Chimp

Most Inspirational: Baby Penguin

Most Doesn't Give A Shit What You Think: Baboon.
posted by allthinky at 7:43 AM on June 16


cranberrymonger: Possibly I should have said startling, rather than horrifying :) They are mostly not too noticeable (like when they're cuddling with each other or me), but occasionally my boys will, say, spreadeagle themselves against the side of their cage, and then one cannot but marvel at evolution's path for the male rat.
posted by kalimac at 7:46 AM on June 16


I have petted a hairless cat-- a very friendly creature in an antique shop who jumped, unprompted, onto my shoulder. Petting him was a strange sensation, since there's no fur for your hand to slide down: it was more like giving him a massage. Strange beast.
posted by Pallas Athena at 10:07 AM on June 16


The right lump is under its belly and the left lump is under its tail. Am I seeing this right?

Yes, yes you are.

Also, kalimac, why do you say "occasionally horrifying" w/r/t rat balls? When are they, and when are they not?

They're retractable so the amount of horrifying/amusing depends on if they're in or out. Or being pushed out at you unexpectedly.
posted by shelleycat at 12:33 PM on June 16


Pushed out at you

I'm learning so much today. :)

Getting back to the actual link... The skinny pig is adooooorable!
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:38 PM on June 16


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