We have a new species in our home. Child One has decided to take in two rescue chinchillas. They are about a year old and unlike most small mammals, live a long time. Child One is 11 years old and may have a graduate degree by the time her chinchillas reach the end of their natural lifespan.
One is light gray and male, called August. He’s on top of the box. The other is darker (“black velvet” in chinchilla-breeder jargon) and female, named June. August is more social, and neutered.
These are by far the most social mammals in our home, dog and some children included. If you have a chance to play with them, or you’re looking for an expensive pet (or a free rescue pet), I recommend them.
I bet the mouse gods are angry.