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Photo by Joel Sartore
When a chinchilla takes a bath, it uses dust instead of water to help remove moisture from its thick fur.
Weight: 1 to 2 pounds; Head to body length: 9 to 15 inches; Tail length: 3 to 6 inches
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Range in the Wild:
Extreme Western South American Andes mountains, and Chile
Listed as Critically Endangered. Wild populations have declined over 80% decline in last decade due to being hunted for their fur.
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