My name is Bijou. I am a Standard Gray Chinchilla who is 10 months old. My favorite thing to do is chew. I believe it is my mission to munch on everything in the World. I have the softest, smoothest fur & coat of any animal I have met. My eyes are deep, dark almost black brown with a unique blue membrane lining. I have two pink puffy paws in front & two long, lean string-bean hind legs. They are fabulous for grabbing items to eat & launching me away from things trying to take my food away!
Even though I am open to eating just about anything my favorite treats are Apple Wood & Rosehips. I love to gnaw the bark off my wooden toys, then I will run around with the left overs in my mouth until my parents give me more. I also love to play with walnut shells, willow & lava rock. Powdered lava is what I use for my bath time, but sometimes I sneak away & eat a little bit while the parents are oblivious.
I am quite sociable. I love to make peeps, hoots, honks & all sorts of noises. Every night I chitter out THREE times to signal it is time for mommy & daddy to pick me up. Sometimes I just want a hug, other times a toy or food, but most of the time when I squeak it is because I want to run around outside my spacious cage. There is just not enough stuff inside there to get in trouble with! When I am done with play time I lay down by my parents or I hop into my litter dish. I will hoot at them until they pick me & my dish up. Once we have lift off it is back to my cage to be fed & watered & showered with more kisses before the door is closed!
After I watch my parents fall asleep & the sun begins to rise I hunker down into my little ceramic hut or timothy hay cave to rest. Once the day begins it is time for chinchillas to finally rest. It is tough to be a chinchilla in today’s world, taking care of my parents & finding new things to eat… but someone adorable like me has to do it!