Monday, June 8, 2009

Meet a chinchilla!

Luka the Chinchilla

You may have noticed the seemingly strange, fluffy -- yet cute! -- animal available for adoption on the OHS' website.  This is Luka, a pet chinchilla! 

Chinchillas are very unique amongst the small animal pet world. Famous for their fur, chinchillas are now growing in popularity as pets. Active during the evening and early-morning hours, chinchillas are best suited for adult pet-owners who are looking for an independent yet unique pet.

Chinchillas make a variety of vocalizations, including chirps, squeaks, and barks. Since they can be active at night, it is not uncommon for them to vocalize in the early hours of the morning.  They are also prone chewers, as their teeth grow throughout their lives, so they require safe things to chew on. Pumice stone and wood blocks are great things to give a chinchilla to chew.

Chinchillas are interesting pets that can provide many years of companionship. Captive chinchillas commonly live 15 years, but some have been known to live up to 20 or more. Perhaps a chinchilla would be the perfect pet for you!  To learn more about pet chinchillas, contact the OHS Adoption Centre.

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