Guinea pig facts

Guinea pig facts

  • Unlike most rodents, guinea pigs are not nocturnal. Instead, they prefer taking mini naps during the daytime.
  • Guinea pigs are not related to pigs.
  • Guinea pigs are originally from South America.
  • Unlike most rodents, guinea pigs are born with their eyes open and a full coat of fur.
  • Guinea pigs can develop social relationships with people or other animals, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits.
  • A guinea pig is also called a cavy.
  • A male guinea pig is a boar, a female guinea pig is a sow, and a baby guinea pig is called a pup.
  • Guinea pigs are experimented with for drug research.
  • When happy, guinea pigs purr like a cat.
  • Although guinea pigs cannot jump, they like to “popcorn.” Popcorning occurs when guinea pigs get excited. They often jump about a few inches in the air. They also run around in circles.
  • Guinea pigs’ front teeth are open rooted, so they are constantly growing. They need a chewing object (a tree branch or chewing block) to trim their teeth.
  • Guinea pigs play the role of an evil spirit collector for traditional healing rituals for some South American communities.
  • Guinea pigs were first introduced as exotic pets.

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