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The Domestic Guinea Pig
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The Domestic Guinea Pig

Despite the name, guinea pigs are small rodents that are not related to pigs. The South American natives have long been kept as pets — and also used as food.

A social animal, the guinea pig often lives in groups in the wild. While it makes a good pet and purrs when it’s cuddled, there is a lot to know about the proper care of this species.

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How and Why Guinea Pigs Were Domesticated

How and Why Guinea Pigs Were Domesticated

What are the differences between a wild guinea pig and the one you keep as a pet? Why are they associated with religious ceremonies throughout the world? Find the answers here. More...

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Brazilian Guinea Pig

Brazilian Guinea Pig

The Brazilian guinea pig resembles its domesticated cousin, but has a plainer look, with long, coarse, gray or brown fur. It also must fend for itself in the wild. Find out more. More...

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From Pets to Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

From Pets to Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

In some parts of the world, guinea pigs are considered a delicacy — a special taste treat. And now they’re gaining popularity in the U.S. Investigate this trend. More...

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Guinea Pig Pictures

Cute kitttehs and puppehs, move over! Guinea pig owners show off their furry, rodent darlings in a gallery of more than 70 photos. Just for fun! More...

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Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

Adopting a guinea pig requires much more of a commitment than other rodent pets do. For one thing, they can live 5 to 7 years. Investigate what you need to know before you bring one home. More...

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Guinea Pigs Quiz

Guinea Pigs Quiz

10 questions, 10 facts to test your knowledge of guinea pig life and needs. How will you do? More...

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Guinea-zilla versus Wombat-ra

A cow-sized guinea pig grazed South American riverbanks 5 million years ago. But everything was bigger then. Why did the behemoth rodent die out? More...

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How Guinea Pigs Could Help Autistic Children

How Guinea Pigs Could Help Autistic Children

Guinea pigs — and other pet animals — create a calming atmosphere that puts children with autism spectrum disorder at ease. Find out more about animal-assisted intervention. More...

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Pets 101: Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs in space? Been there, done that. Punk guinea pigs? It’s a natural look. Check out this informative video. More...

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