Guess what? The cute, fluffy animals we call Guinea Pigs are not from Guinea nor are they pigs! They’re actually from South America, can you believe it? They were first kept as pets by the Incas, an ancient civilization that built amazing cities and roads in the mountains.
These little creatures are small, typically weighing between 700 and 1200 grams, that’s about as heavy as two big apples! Despite their name, they are not in the pig family, but are a type of rodent, just like hamsters.
They’re famous for their love of fruits and veggies, and helpful at clean up because they eat some of our kitchen scraps. They say ‘thank you’ with adorable squeaks and purrs, isn’t that just lovely?
They have short, stubby legs and no tail, but they are skilled at getting around! They can dart quickly in any direction to evade predators. That’s cool, right?
One special thing about Guinea Pigs is that they are not able to produce Vitamin C, so their diet needs it. They love oranges and bell peppers, sounds yummy right?
What’s also amazing is Guinea Pigs have different hair types – some have long, flowing hair, others short and curly, and some even have a beautiful rosette pattern!
Guinea Pigs are simply fascinating, don’t you think? Next time you see one, remember all the cool things about them!