26 Chinchilla Pictures That Will Make You Smile
They kind of look like tinier cousins of bunnies. Prepare for chinchillas to skyrocket up your list of cutest animals ever!
Besides “adorable balls of fluff,” what are chinchillas? Well, the name refers to two different species of rodents, Chinchilla chinchilla and Chinchilla lanigera. Native to South America, they have the densest fur of any land mammal—20,000 hairs per square centimeter, to be exact! Like an endearing combo of adorable bunnies, squirrels, and hamsters, chinchillas can totally steal your heart, which is why they’ve gained popularity as pets. Check out these super-cute chinchilla pictures to see more reasons why they’re the epitome of adorable! You’ll also love these cutest animals in the world and cute sloth pictures.
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This little guy looks very content relaxing on this green-and-white upholstery.
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One-handed Circle of Life
This tiny little chinchilla is so small that it’s able to be held aloft in one hand! We also love how the holder’s sleeve perfectly matches the trees in the background (even though the adorable chinchilla takes center stage)!
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This chinchilla’s embracing its inner hippie beside these colorful rainbow pillows.
What is this chinchilla planning for its sleeping doggo friend?!
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A precious pair
These two buddies are clearly waiting for something while they share this blue bowl.
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This little one looks awfully sleepy.
Hide and seek
Playing nighttime games is a fun pastime for multiple species!
Chinchilla in a basket!
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Hopefully, this chinchilla has good balance! (Hey, we’re sure its human will catch it if it falls.)
This chinchilla peeks out of a snazzy pet home just its size.
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Run, little chinchilla, run!
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We’re very impressed with this cute chinchilla’s epic leap!
Pictures of chinchillas don’t get much more adorable than this little nibbling chinchilla.
This chinchilla looks very stoic against its rocky backdrop.
Doesn’t its facial expression just make you melt?!
Chinchilla in a box
We love candid chinchilla pictures, of course, but this staged shot of four little guys (or girls) in these blue boxes is pretty precious as well.
What are these?!
This chinchilla has found some fun new toys.
Chinchilla mealtimes are the cutest mealtimes!
And another adorable meal/snack time.
Let’s hold hands!
We can barely handle this cuteness!
This teacher and students are officially having the coolest lesson ever with this pair of chinchillas. The little house of blocks is just their size!
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Atop a perch
The camera angle makes this little chinchilla look massive and majestic!
This chinchilla is laser-focused.
If ever a picture epitomized “ball of fluff,” it was this one.
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