I first saw a chinchilla when I was a little kid on vacation with my parents and sister. We went into the largest pet shop I had ever seen, and saw a bunch of fuzzy little chinchillas that to me resembled something between a gerbil and a guinea pig. Chinchillas are very different rodents of course, and adorable in their own right. They actually originate from the Andes and you could read all about them in Wikipedia’s Chinchilla article.
Found here: Chinchilla-Lexikon