AE Journal #3 – All about Chinchillas!

6 Jul

After completing my third and fourth days of my internship, I have come to the realization that I am absolutely in LOVE with chinchillas. That being said, here are some interesting facts about our furry little friends:

  • Originally from the Andes Mountains in South America
  • Odorless animals
  • Very dense fur, therefore they do not get fleas or other nusiances 
  • Prized for their soft fur – hunted and skinned nearly to extinction
  • Love to jump and climb
  • In the wild they take dust baths in volcanic ash as a form of bathing
  • They can jump over 6 feet in height!
  • In the wild, they can live in groups of up to 100 members
Chinchillas are adorable animals, and they can be very great indoor pets, but remember, these animals belong where they were found: in the wild. Unfortunately, pet stores and breeders sell chinchillas as if they are domesticated dogs or cats. These super-fluffy animals should be roaming free in Chile or Peru! Therefore if you are thinking about adopting a chinchilla, be absolutely sure that you can adequtely care for this animal for the rest of his/her life (normally between 15 to 20 years old). It’s a huge commitment – as if you are caring for a child.

3 Responses to “AE Journal #3 – All about Chinchillas!”

  1. Peggy July 6, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    How much does a grown chinchilla typically weigh?

    • animalchamps July 6, 2012 at 12:54 am #

      They are pretty light. Only between about 1 to 2 pounds. 🙂

  2. Beulah Verra January 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    my girlfriend has a pet chinchilla and they kinda look very cute and adorable in my opinion.-

    Look at our homepage as well
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