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Hahaha, this is my chinchilla, Chucky, posing for me. He didn't really mind since I handed over the raisins afterwards.
Contributed by Kristine Clark
Chinchilla fur is so soft and luxurious that they are often hunted for their coats rather than their meat. While human hair has about 2-3 hairs in each follicle, chinchillas have 50-80! Can you stand the thought of anyone hurting this little guy?? I'd rather pet a chinchilla than wear them.
Contributed by Taylor Jackson
Instead of taking a bath in water like most mammals, chinchillas clean themselves using dust.This dust is made from volcanic ash and absorbs oils from the dense chinchilla hair. Usually they need a dust bath at least 3 times a week or more if they are handled often. Chinchillas are born with the knowledge of how to take one and never need to be taught how.
Contributed by Bree Green