This idea came to me when I read that Chinchillas must regularly bathe in dust or volcanic ash to remove oil and moisture that gathers in their thick fur. They can’t actually bathe in water, because their fur is so thick, it would lead to fungus and fur rot. Thanks Wikipedia! For the uninitiated, Chinchillas are small rodents from South America.
What better place then, for a Chinchilla to have a dust bath than on the moon? This little Chinchilla Astronaut is enjoying its cleaning session with the help of a loofah and a dust blasting machine. This was another Illustrator vector illustration as I try to improve my skills with the program. It took about 4 hours all up.
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Chinchilla fur is one of the softest in the world, which has lead them to be hunted for their fur. They have the highest fur density of any land animal with more than 20,000 hairs per square cm. A Chinchilla has more than fifty hairs from each single follicle, us humans only have one. It takes anywhere between 150 and 200 chinchillas to make just one fur coat. Disgusting.
My dream came true in January this year, I got to hold a real life Chinchilla in a small pet shop in Ithaca New York. The little critters are banned in Australia.