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March 31, 2000

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Huey, the Pet of the Day
Name: Huey
Age: Thirteen months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Chinchilla
Home: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
   There are many things about Huey that make him special:

  1. He's completely adorable, which you can see from the picture.
  2. He recently had to under-go major life-threatening surgery but never lost his terrific attitude.
  3. He's extremely smart. Sometimes I even catch him reading the newspapers that line his drop tray.
  4. He has an excellent sense of smell. He can smell a raisin about 50' away (raisins are his treats).
    Huey lives with his girlfriend Celeste and another girl named Cecily. We believe that Celeste is pregnant which means Huey will soon be a daddy! When they sleep, they like to pig-pile on top of one another which my girlfriend and I call a "cuddle-puddle." Huey's favorite treats are raisins, apple and dry pasta. I've seen Huey jump approximately 3-1/2 feet straight up in the air.

    Although it seems to be normal trait in chinchillas, Huey is a master of "the ricochet"... where he runs towards a wall and jumps so all four of his feet touch the wall and he bounces off. In a small nook in our apartment, we've seen him bounce off of three walls without his feet touching the ground. Huey (as well as Cecily and Celeste) are stars of their own mini-series.

    Huey is a mama's-boy... he is much more affectionate with my girlfriend. He doesn't like being caught but once you catch him, he doesn't mind being held. He is an explorer... always trying to go places he's never seen and probably shouldn't see. He clips into my closet underneath the closet door (approx 1" space) and plays in my shoes. Also, if I sit on the floor, he likes to climb up on my shoulder or even on top of my head to see what he can see.

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