|One of the Zoo’s female Degus. The males are kept “behind-the-scenes“|
This was the first time I had seen a degu, so I decided to do some quick research.
Facts about the degu:
- It is the most common mammal in Chile.
- It has a body length of 9.8–12.2 inches and a weight of 6.0 to 10.6 ounces.
- If it is caught by its tail it can spin until its tail comes off and escape. It can only do this once because its tail will never grow back.
- It is a very intelligent and social animal and is active during the day.
- It eats the same kind of diet as a rabbit (and like a rabbit eats its poop).
- Degus are becoming more common as a pets in the United States but are illegal to own in California, Georgia, and Alaska.
I realize that many people dislike zoo’s but if you don’t fall into that category the National Zoo is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. If you plan on visiting, here are a few tips:
- As part of the Smithsonian, it is free to visit the zoo.
- You are allowed to bring in your own food and (non alcoholic) beverages.
- It’s huge with more than 400 different species of animals. I have no idea how anyone could see the entire zoo in one day.
- The zoo is on a hill with the main, Woodley Park, entrance at the highest point.
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