male chinchillas were acquired by a school to be classroom pets for blind
kindergarten-aged children. After a period of time in a classroom it
was decided that they were not suitable pets. Chinchillas are nocturnal,
so they would prefer to sleep during the day. In addition, chinchilla "poops" can
and do end up going everywhere, which was a concern particularly with
the blind children. Not knowing what else to do, these two boys were
placed in a cage in an empty classroom where they lived for at least
one school year. Their only interactions with people were limited to
a few minutes a day when they were fed and had their cage cleaned. All
of their physical needs were taken care of, but none of their needs for
love, attention, and stimulation. Finally, thanks to one of the teachers,
the school realized that it needed to find a better environment for the
boys, and they were given to CA Chins.
they found a new home within CA Chins, the biggest challenge was addressing
the emotional needs of the chins. They were fearful, and cautious about
all of the normal noise and activity of a household. The "gray" was
already of low weight, but become anorexic and started losing more weight.
He was hand fed with a syringe for a few weeks, until he started trusting
us enough to take food from our hands. He is now the first to beg for
treats when he hears the raisin bag. The "Tan" has become confident,
curious, and enjoys people.