- A guinea pig is not a pig at all, it's a kind of rodent like a mouse,
rat, beaver, porcupine or hamster.
- The origin of the guinea pig is South America.
- Guinea pigs live about 5-8 years.
- Guinea pigs are very shy and will spend a lot of time hiding.
- Guinea pigs usually weigh about 24-32 ounces.
- One way that guinea pigs communicate is through a high pitched squeal.
- In some parts of the world, guinea pigs are eaten as food.
- Guinea pigs don't have visible tails. They do, however, have a tail
vertebrae, but to look at them and hold them, they don't have a tail.
- Guinea pigs are born with fur and with their eyes open. They are not
like rabbits or mice that are born hairless and helpless.
- They are so small they can fit in the palm of your hand. Their feet
look too big for their bodies!
- They nurse right away on their mommy, and even nibble a little on
her food a day or so later.
- They grow up fast!
- Guinea pigs eat a lot of food, at least Hunny did! No wonder they
are called pigs!
- Guinea pigs need to gnaw to wear down their teeth. Otherwise, their
teeth will grow too long and then they won't be able to eat. That is
a terrible thing for a pig.
- Cavy" is the official word for guinea pig!