||Two years old, baby|
is a two-year-old Mosaic chinchilla. She lives with a Grey
chin called Francesco, and on the 17th November they became parents.
Dad often looks after the baby, cleaning and watching over him while
mum rests. Yesterday, I caught mum and baby looking out of the window
and I could only assume that Whisper was telling him about Christmas
and Santa. You can see more pictures of the baby at
Whisper is very friendly and is not shy of strangers. She will
investigate immediately and even jump onto their knee if she thinks
there might be a treat for her. She loves raisins, to the point of
being a little greedy and will beg for them, although she is not
allowed too many. She likes a cuddle and also likes to be scratched
under the chin. She is very trusting with her new baby and will let me
play with him while she rests in her cage.
The new baby who I have now named Nenya is getting very adventurous
now. I let him run in the room while I sit on the floor. He will come
and sit on my knee and is very tame. This is probably because I have
held him everyday from day one. Unlike some animals chinchillas do not
mind you holding their young. He also runs and jumps and yesterday he
was trying to catch his dad's tail.
Chinchillas bathe in sand, not water. It was lovely to see the baby
have his first bath - he rolled in it and loved it. When I let him out
for a run now, he jumps straight in. If anyone visits wearing shoes
with laces, he insists on pulling the laces and won't take no for an
answer. I think he is going to be a very cheeky chinchilla. All three
are lovely, gentle pets and give me a great deal of pleasure.
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