Oh My goodness, so the missus sends me a picture of a Viscacha. The picture she sent me looked remotely like a Chinchilla wearing a fur coat (ironically I know)!
My view wasn’t an uneducated one either. I know what Chinchillas look like as I used to own three of these little blighters. for many years! Holly and Chloe (traditional greys) and Snowy (wait for it) an albino!
I loved my ‘chins’ but alas, moving from the UK to Australia meant we had to sadly depart our ways when we moved down under
Moving the cats to Australia was quite easy (though expensive) Chinchillas? Not an option (due to the heat and the chinchillas poor attempts at dissipating body heat)! Thankfully, one of the guys at work also had a great love of Chinchillas so I was able to donate the girls to a new loving home before emigrating down under.
Anyhoo… it transpired that this wasn’t a chinchilla wearing a fur coat after all, it was actually a closely related relative called a Viscacha. Super rare, super cute, and a little sleepy critter who, based on the collection of pics I’ve gathered below, appreciates a really good yawn!
Check out these Mountain Viscacha pics below!
How bloody cute are they? I completely adore these guys and I’m really surprised that I have never seen one of these little critters before!
It’s fair to say that although these Viscacha look more like a chinchilla / rabbit cross, they are cute in their own special way!
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Originally posted 2014-07-16 20:35:34.