Mr. Bagel is a six-year-old white mosaic chinchilla from the Bay area. Over the past year, he has become an Instagram celebrity.
A member of the rodent family that originated in the Andes mountains, Mr. Bagel lives for treats, especially dried rose hips and plain oatmeal. Oh, and he's against fur clothing since as many as 150 chinchillas are skinned alive to produce a single coat. See if you can handle his irresistible cuteness.
It's not everyday that you find someone with a chinchilla for a pet. After all, Mr. Bagel, as his fond owner, Steve, calls him, does hail from the rodent family. The pictures of this little guy, adopted from an animal shelter a few years ago, however, may just make you reconsider the definition of pet.