Cheeky Chinchillas - Looking After Your Pet Chinchilla
This site endeavours to provide information on caring for pet chinchillas with pages on feeding chinchillas, their general care, equipment and cages. The general care and feeding of your pet chinchilla is very important. The health page covers the more common problems and there is a helpful page on hand feeding if your chinchilla is sick. Keeping and looking after a chinchilla is a long term committment.
There are also photographs and videos of chinchillas, along with a page on the different sounds and noises that a chinchilla can make. I have also included details and photos of the more common colours of chinchillas
This site is for owners of pet chinchillas and not a breeder's site.
However, I have included some very basic information on breeding with photographs of kits.
Along with information about the care and feeding of your pet chinchilla, there are pictures, videos and fun things to see and do such as jigsaws, games, wallpapers, puzzles and lots more.
There is always a competition running, so why not enter and try and win one of the chinchilla prizes.
Send a Chinchilla greeting card, adopt one of the Virtual Chinchillas or make your own chinchilla calendar
Download a Desktop Chinchilla These cute chinnies will stay on your desktop for a long as you want.
You can drag them, clone them and some will even make chinchilla noises when you click on them.
You can also read about the famous chinchilla Professor Chewit who discovered the Chincha Cave and the Treasure Map, which led him to find the long lost Chincha Gold.
The Cheeky Chinchillas Challenge has helped to raise funds for Chinchilla Rescue
For those of you who are not familiar with chinchillas, they are members of the rodent familyand originate from the rocky mountain range of the Andes
in South America. Discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1500's, they were named after the Chincha Indians, who through necessity to keep
themselves warm and have food to eat, used them as a source of food and made clothing with their fur.
Later introduced to Europe, their soft luxurious fur became very popular and was sought after so much, it nearly caused their extinction, as literally
millions of chinchillas were killed for their pelts. It is very distressing to know that it takes well over a 100 chinchillas just to make one coat!
Today, hunting the wild chinchilla is banned and they are protected by the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Animals.
Mr M.F. Chapman, is responsible for the domestication of the chinchilla. He worked as a a mining engineer in Chile. In 1923, after finally getting
permission from the Chilean Government, he transported 11 chinchillas to California. They bred successfully and were originally sold to fur ranches
and then later sold as pets. It is more than likely that most of our pet chinchillas today are descended from Mr Chapman's original eleven.
This site is dedicated to Whisper the Chinchilla
I hope you will enjoy your visit and call again soon to see what is new.
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