The chinchilla is nearly synonymous with expensive fur. The interest of the fur trade can put severe pressure on a species though, especially when the creature in question is as small as the chinchilla. It can take 150 to 200 pelts to make a single chinchilla fur coat. Chinchillas are hunted in the wild even today, even if it is illegal to do so. Of the three species of chinchilla that have ever been in existence, trapping done by the the fur trade has already driven one to extinction. The other two are listed as Critically Endangered. Picking out a chinchilla for a pet can be a good way to help the species pick up again. They make wonderful pets for a variety of reasons.
1. Chinchillas are beautiful, cuddly creatures
Artists drawing cartoons somehow manage to make even rats and mice beautiful. They draw them with large, Mickey Mouse ears, and give them big, vulnerable eyes and long eyelashes. If you’ve ever wondered where those artists might have got their ideas for Minnie Mouse from, you should take a look at a chinchilla. These creatures have the softest coat of any animal in the world, large heads, big ears and small bodies. Their big, innocent eyes can be impossible not to fall in love with.