Sunday, July 1, 2007
Named after the Chinchilla people of the Andes who wore its soft and dense fur, the Chinchilla are rabbit-sized rodents who live in burrows and rock crevices. They feed mostly on vegetation and fruits. In the wild, the Chinchilla were nearly exterminated for their fur until laws were passed to protect them. Chinchillas have been popular house pets since the mid-60s and can learn tricks, but can be skittish and generally don't like to be held. They clean themselves by taking dust baths. Chinchilla females are significantly larger than males and litters range from one to seven babies after a gestation period of 111 days. They have the highest fur density of any land animal.