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It was an awesome weekend here in Northeast PA. Beautiful weather to spend watching monarch butterflies being released to make their way south on Saturday and walk around a pet expo on Sunday. I spent some time gawking at an armadillo brought by one group to educate people on different animals. They also had a chinchilla so I thought a chin question would be good for this week.

Q: What do chinchillas do when they are frightened and that helps them get away from predators?


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Chinchillas will do what’s called a fur slip and release a patch of fur if they are frightened. It is designed to help them escape the grasp of a predator. It will grow back and does not harm the chinchilla.

misty at weitzelandsonsexcavating dot com

Typically fur slip is done to “escape” the situation your chinchilla is in. Much like a gecko will drop their tail if caught be a predator, chinchillas will release tufts of hair to get away from whatever is trying to capture them. – nancy at weitzelandsonsexcavating dot com

Chinchillas can jump up to 5 feet in the air to get away from a predator.
Also if a predator gets a hold of them they can do this thing called a fur slip which is where they loose a patch of fur voluntarily and with out hurting themselves to cause the predators grip to slip.
rick at weitzelandsonsexcavating dot com

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