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October 4, 2011

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Armani, the Pet of the Day
Name: Armani
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Ebony chinchilla
Home: Timmins, Ontario, Canada
   Armani, the homozygous ebony* chinchilla, is the world's most laid back chin. He gets along with everyone. We are breeders of Mosaic chinchillas, and while he is of course an ebony boy, he gets along with everyone, human and chinchilla alike. When you pick him up, he melts on you ... which is not only immensely gratifying, but pretty unusual, as many chinchillas dislike being held, but not him. He's mellow and a snuggler - but he does have one exception: If you go near his oat treats ... watch out! He guards them with his life! It's funny, it's not like he has ever been a starving baby or anything, but oat treats are his treasure, best leave them be! We do love him, silliness and all.

    *This means he's a homozygous ebony - "completely Black with no signs of any other color - eyes, nose, and even the underbelly is Black, which is the best way to tell if a chinchilla is a 'Pure Ebony' or an 'Ebony Carrier.' A 'Pure Ebony' coat feels unusually silky and is more shiny and glossy than any other color mutation." He's got two ebony genes, the dominant and the recessive. This is not a a color usually found in the wild chinchillas, but it is a more recent mutation in domesticated ones like Armani.

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