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Baby foxes.


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The old trapper, Andrew Jacobson and his pelts.

Ted Challborn stretching beaver pelts.



by Marge Eden

Clifford and Margaret Eden started chinchilla ran­ ching in 1970 on S.E. 26-17-18W with 25 standard animals (twenty females and five males). Standards are blue-grey in color. Soon after they purchased four mutation animals which were two beige females, one beige male and one Gunning Black male. Clifford did priming and pelting for fellow ranchers. Chinchilla are very easy animals to care for, although they are very nervous. At one time they had approximately 500 animals to care for.

In January of 1972, Clifford took one of the young standard animals to Winnipeg to compete in the N.C.B.C. Central Manitoba Branch Chinchilla Show, coming home with a sixth place ribbon. The first showing of mutations was at the annual N.C.B.C. Field Day (Manitoba breeders only) held at Headingly in October, 1973, which netted him the Mutation Show Champion. They continued showing animals at the annual Winnipeg January Show and the annual October Field Day. The walls of the office hold many ribbons, trophies, and plaques from these Shows and Field Days.

After ten rewarding years for Cliff, Marge and the children, topping the pelt market, they sold their breeding stock in 1980.

Cliff Ed{1n with his prize-winning mutant chinchilla.