We've decided to take a little detour and do something different. Our whole focus has been on bald people, but we thought it would be good to switch up and focus on a handful of bald animals.
We created a list of five animals that were either born hairless or suffer from a condition. I'm sure you'll be familiar with at least one of these animals, but I hope a couple catch you off guard!
We thought we would begin with a bald animal that many of you are familiar with, the hairless cat or also called a Sphynx. Besides the Sphynx, there are four other types of hairless cats such as the Donskoy, Peterbald, Elf Cat, and Minskin. Since these animals don't have hair, they don't require similar care to that of a normal cat however, they do still need a lot of attention. Not only do they need to be kept warm for obvious reasons, but they are sensitive to the sun, can become greasy with oil which requires cleaning, and have a slew of health problems. However, the one thing that surprises me is how much people are willing to spend on a Sphynx cat, with the average price being $1000!
I couldn't help myself; I had to add this little guy. This is Nelson. He is a completely spikeless bald hedgehog that is suffering from alopecia due to stress that most likely occurred in the wild. Now let's not beat around the bush here, he clearly looks like a scrotum, I think we can all agree on that. Even though Nelson may not look the best, he's living the good life. He is currently at the Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue in Norfolk, UK where he receives massages every day with almond oil. However, the purpose of these spa treatments is to stimulate growth in Nelson's spikes so they can grow back. Even though we support the bald community, we're rooting for his spikes to grow back.
If there was going to be a bird on here, you guys probably thought it would be the bald eagle, right? Well, unlike the bald eagle, the Cape Vulture actually has a bald head and rocks it. Now I'm not going to lie, this is definitely not the best-looking bird, but it's actually kind of majestic as it soars over the sky. They actually are often too heavy to fly very well, but they capitalize on thermal winds that help them soar across the sky. These guys are true scavengers, never hunting for their own foods and using their strong eyesight to find their next meal. Unfortunately, these guys are endangered and are nearing extinction. One factor that really doesn't help their declining population is the fact that they only lay one egg per year, and chicks often do not survive their first year. Other things like the loss of habitats and hunting have also contributed to this decline. They may not be the cutest animals, be we should still do everything we can to save these bald birds!
I know some of you may be thinking of a pig on a hairless pig on a farm, but this is not the case. A Skinny Pig is a bald version of a common animal many people have as-as pets, the guinea pig. These guinea pigs tend to have hair on their muzzles, feet, and legs but are hairless over the rest of their bodies. Skinnies are commonly used for dermatological testing, but many people have them as pets as well. Another interesting fact about these animals is that despite being nearly hairless, they come in a variety of colors and patterns such as tortoiseshell and Dutch. Lastly, as pets, they are great for people who have allergies because they don't cause the same allergic reactions as normal guinea pigs.
Even though the vast majority of apes are covered in hair, some will suffer hair loss due to alopecia. Even though there has been a lot of research on why humans lose their hair, not much has been done one why animals lose it. The conclusion that many scientists have come to is that it most likely stress induced, but no one is positive. Based on a report in the Journal of Comparative Medicine there is little known about hair loss in non-human primates. According to the report, assessing individual cases for medical causes and observing the animal’s behavior are ultimately the best ways to treat it.
That's it from us! We hope you enjoyed this fun little article and we'll be back soon!