||Six years old|
is Chipper. He's a standard gray chinchilla. He came to me as a
relocated pet in April of 2009. His previous owner's friend, a co-worker of
mine who was keeping him while a home was found for him, told me Chipper was
four. I was just supposed to be a pit stop on his way to his forever home,
but I fell hopelessly in love with this little fuzzball and couldn't possibly
give him away! He became fast friends with my husband, too, and will always
have a place in our home. He's a friendly fellow and a patient one as I
fumbled about learning everything there is to learn about chinchillas and
broke a few rules along the way. Thankfully they weren't big ones! He forever
changed all my beliefs about chinchillas just by being his own curious,
friendly, lively self.
Chipper loves to knock around his big cage and run on his giant wheel. He
loves to chew wood, shred paper and eat shredded wheat squares ('plain,
please'). He goes bananas for raisins! Just like a kid for candy. And he
knows what he shouldn't eat. You should see the expression on his face when I
let him sniff what I'm nibbling on ('What are you eating? Eew! French fries?
Really?! No thank you.' Swipes nose.). He loves scratches and will hang on
the front of his cage when we enter the room knowing we'll stop by to give
him the attention he craves. He also loves to bounce about his play area
looking for mischief to get into despite my watchful eye ("Not the wall,
please, here's a chew toy."). He likes to meet new friends and sniffs
curiously at everyone. He's met all my nieces and nephews and loves every one
of them. He's gone on two long-distance trips with us and is our favorite
travel companion. He even met Santa this year! Only the good ones get to do that.
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