Keep Calm and Chin­chillin’ On

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With a small body, soft fur and bushy tail, the cud­dly Chin­chilla is one of the world’s most pop­u­lar pets.

There are two breeds of Chin­chilla, the Chin­chilla Lanig­era and Chin­chilla Bre­vi­cau­data, both of which are na­tive to South Amer­ica. Trans­lated to “Lit­tle Chin­cha” in Span­ish, the Chin­chilla is named af­ter the Chin­cha In­di­ans, who hunted the furry mam­mals for cloth­ing and food. Said to have one of the rarest fur in the world, de­mand from the Euro­pean and Amer­i­can mar­kets in the 19th cen­tury drove the Chin­chilla pop­u­la­tion to the brink of ex­tinc­tion. To pro­tect the Chin­chilla, the South Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment im­posed a ban on hunt­ing the furry crit­ters.

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