A happy ending for Machu

Posted in Adoptions at 7:00 am by Jenn

machuMachu the chinchilla, after spending over a year in foster, finally went to his forever home for the new year.  SciWorks, a learning museum in Winston Salem, is working on a brand new “South America” exhibit.  They approached us, wanting to patronize rescue since there were so many animals looking for homes.  They wanted one or more chinchillas that were friendly and approachable, and would make suitable program animals.

Machu had been looking for the perfect place to go — he is an amazingly friendly guy who’s outgoing personality never failed to win over strangers.  He is also an adept beggar, so when we dropped him off we made sure that they knew that his little doe eyes hid the world’s best scam artist.

So far, staff are reporting that he’s a big hit (although his enclosure isn’t ready) and that everyone’s day is brightened as he begs for chin scratches and treats!

Thanks so much to the kind and caring staff at SciWorks for providing a forever home for Machu, and for going out of their way to provide an ideal environment for him to reside in!


  1. Celia said,

    January 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Congrats Machu!

    But doesn’t he need a ‘chilla friend,too? I’m sure the ACRS Humans will work hard to find another little begger to join him at SciWorks.

  2. Jenn said,

    January 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Mr. Machu has been neutered and we’ve got our ears out for female companions for him. We tried introducing him to the two guys I had, and he was not very keen on them, so we’re hoping maybe he’ll like a lady-friend better!