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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!

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Chinchill-awwwww

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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Chin-chillin’

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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Best friends

So pure!

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Psychedelic

This chinchilla’s embracing its inner hippie beside these colorful rainbow pillows.

Very Relaxed Pug with a Very Sneaky ChinchillaMelanie Dawn Harter/Getty Images

Sound asleep

What is this chinchilla planning for its sleeping doggo friend?!

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High Angle View Of Chinchillas In Tub At HomePatcharin Chatchirdchaikul / EyeEm/Getty Images

A precious pair

These two buddies are clearly waiting for something while they share this blue bowl.

Cropped Image Of Owner Hand Holding Young ChinchillasAdrienn Káró/EyeEm/Getty Images

Close-up

This little one looks awfully sleepy.

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Hide and seek

Playing nighttime games is a fun pastime for multiple species!

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A-tisket, a-tasket

Chinchilla in a basket!

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Balancing act

Hopefully, this chinchilla has good balance! (Hey, we’re sure its human will catch it if it falls.)

Close-Up Portrait Of Chinchilla In Yellow Pet Homesakdi phathr ceiy ce riy phngs/EyeEm/Getty Images

Peekaboo!

This chinchilla peeks out of a snazzy pet home just its size.

Fluffy Gray Chinchilla Runs In A Wheel In Its Cage Andrei Marchenko/Getty Images

Speed demon

Run, little chinchilla, run!

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Action star

We’re very impressed with this cute chinchilla’s epic leap!

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Snack time

Pictures of chinchillas don’t get much more adorable than this little nibbling chinchilla.

Gray Chinchilla on a wood background outdoorAttilaBarsan/Getty Images

Picture perfect

This chinchilla looks very stoic against its rocky backdrop.

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big furry gray chinchilla loves caress and my handAndrei Marchenko/Getty Images

…thatfeelsgood…

Doesn’t its facial expression just make you melt?!

Four different chinchillas in different positions a blue boxMirasWonderland/Getty Images

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.

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What are these?!

This chinchilla has found some fun new toys.

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Yum, straw!

Chinchilla mealtimes are the cutest mealtimes!

Little gray chinchilla in houseAttilaBarsan/Getty Images

Nom nom

And another adorable meal/snack time.

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Let’s hold hands!

We can barely handle this cuteness!

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Playtime

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!

White chinchilla is sitting near the window. Cute home pet.Vadym Plysiuk/Getty Images

Staring contest

This chinchilla is laser-focused.

Gray chinchilla sitting on a branch close upVera Aksionava/Getty Images

Fluff frenzy

If ever a picture epitomized “ball of fluff,” it was this one.

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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine.