Hi everyone. This is Mollie the chinchilla.
I had one of those birthday things yesterday. I'm now two years old. Two human years that is, of course, but we won't bother messing about with doing the maths to figure out what that would be in chinchilla years. Besides, since people disagree on the average lifespan of a chinchilla - with numbers ranging from ten to twenty human years - it would be really difficult to be sure of the numbers being correct. No matter what that is in chinchilla years though, I'm now two human years old.
Living with these human caretakers is great, because we always get extra nibbles when any of us have a birthday. The human caretakers also brought me a new toy for my birthday. It's a wooden ball that makes a noise when we roll it around in our cage. It's good for gnawing on too. I don't have a photo for you, because the human caretakers didn't want to just do a photo of the toy by itself, and I wasn't feeling in the mood for having the flashy thing pointing at me. I'm sure you can figure out what a wooden ball would look like though, and maybe I'll let the human caretakers get a new photo of me again soon... If I feel like it. I mean, I may love these human caretakers, but I'm really not a big fan of the flashy thing.
I am a big fan of birthdays though, and loved getting to have another one. Birthdays mean extra nibbles and often something else - like a new toy - so what's not to like? I'm already looking forward to the next one!