Chinchillas are rodents which are native to the Andes mountain range in South America. They have incredibly soft fur, and are slightly larger than ground squirrels. Female chinchillas are quite a lot bigger than their male counterparts.
Chinchillas in their natural habitat love to burrow amongst rocks - they are very agile little creatures who can jump very high in comparison to their small size. If caught by a predator, they will often release some of their fur to get away!
In the wild, chinchillas live in colonies called herds, and can breed at any point during the year. Strangely enough, chinchillas are born fully furred, open eyed, and ready to go! Because of their dense fur, chinchillas were hunted heavily in the past.
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