||Two years old|
||White Mosaic Chinchilla|
||Memphis, Tennessee, USA|
is special because she is the friendliest chinchilla. When we open
the cage doors, she will nibble us on the nose and beg for treats.
Chauncey is incredibly affectionate and sweet. As chinchillas are prey
animals, that personality trait is not always easy to find. They are
naturally skittish animals, and their trust has to be earned. She will sit on
my shoulder while I watch TV. In fact, each night we watch a movie in the
living room, and she watches from a shelf in her cage. It's quite amusing
when she grabs some hay and eats it while watching the movie with us.
It's not all that easy to bond one chinchilla to another, but she gets along
with our other nine chinchillas. She is very mothering. When another chinchilla
gave birth, she sat right by her side and nuzzled her nose every few minutes.
She actually can do a trick: she can balance herself in the palm of my hand
while curled in a ball. That is another great thing about Chauncey; she is
As for treats, Chauncey loves willow balls, apple twigs, rolled oats, and
rose hips. There is nothing more amusing than watching her debark a piece of
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