Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hunted

So many of you guessed right! Yes, this is a chinchilla! He comes from South America, high in the Andes Mountains. And if you would like to have this little fella, he costs $130.00.
These little guys have been hunted and killed to near extinction, and the wild population has never completely recovered. It remains illegal to trap them, but it is still done. This is because of their soft thick fur. It takes between 100 and 200 chinchillas to make one coat. In this picture you can get an idea of their beautiful thick fur.
So now we say goodbye to our furry friend, who by the way is very intelligent. In this picture you can see more of his whole body and his tail. And one other thing, he can jump SIX FEET!


"Blessed be God— he heard me praying. He proved he’s on my side; I’ve thrown my lot in with him. Now I’m jumping for joy, and shouting and singing my thanks to him.”
Psalm 28



19 comments:

ஐღReneeღஐ said...

When I was young I had several.

Jeanne said...

Oh, I want one! He looks so so soft doesn't he. I sure didn't know that they could jump like that. I could never have a coat made of such a cute little critter :)

Betsy Adams said...

Don't think I have ever seen a chinchilla before... Where did you see this little guy????

So he can jump SIX feet high???? Goodness!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

SquirrelQueen said...

I had no idea they could jump like that. He is a little cutie.

reana claire said...

Poor chinchillas.. need so many of them to make a coat! I hope people will stop buying that... God's creation are meant to stay.. :)

Margaret Adamson said...

6 feet! Thats awesome.

Laurie said...

so sad to kill such a beautiful animal just in th name of fashion, we certainly don't need their fur for warmth any longer, they are such delicate little animals, so gentle,

Sandra said...

were you allowed to pet him? he is amazing and i would love to have one, but not while we have Jake... and it hurts my heart to think of all these little guys made into coats.. i sure would like to hold him up under my chin like a puppy

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They really are cute. I have seen them priced even higher around here. They aren't inexpensive pets!

Filip and Kristel said...

He looks cute but expensive.

Greetings,
Filip

Tamago said...

They are really cute. I love the fluffy tail! But I never want this beautiful fur as a coat. It is sad they are hunted for that.
It is amazing they can jump 6 feet! Wow!

Donna said...

Awwww...what a living doll!
hughugs

Chris Scheuer said...

I love that Scripture Ginny, so true! And I know He loves to se us jump for joy over his goodness!

Rose said...

And they are just so soft to hole!

Small Kucing said...

my goodness ...he can jump higher than me

LC said...

Never saw one before, even in a photo, although I had an awareness of their use for expensive coats.

Cuddly little critter.

George said...

Thanks for identifying this is mystery creature. I don't think I've seen a chinchilla.

Dee said...

I have never seen a chinchilla...how could people kill these adorable little guys just to make a coat for some rich lady :(

Chatty Crone said...

$130 wowowowowowow!~