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Chinchilla History

Chinchillas are small rodents native to the Andes mountains in South America. The animal (whose name literally means "little Chinca") is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who wore its soft and dense fur. By the end of the 19th century, chinchillas had become quite rare due to hunting for their fur. Though wild chinchillas are no longer hunted for their fur, domestic chinchillas are still bred for this use.

Chinchillas are primarily active at dusk and on bright moonlit nights. In their native habitat, chinchillas live in burrows or crevices in rocks. They are agile jumpers and can jump very high. In the wild chinchillas have been observed eating plant, fruits, seeds, and small insects. This diet would be dangerous for a domestic chinchillas whose diet has adapted to be primarily hay-based.

reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinchilla

 

 

 

 

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