Guinea Pig Cavia porcellus

Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
The domestic Guinea Pig, also called a Cavy, originated in South America but no longer exists in the wild. It has been domesticated for meat and as pets for thousands of years.
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
The domestic Guinea Pig is a type of Cavy, a South American rodent, and related to the wild Swamp Cavy and other wild and feral guinea pig species. The Montane Guinea Pig, a wild Andean cavy, may have been an early ancestor on DNA evidence. The name "Guinea" describes somewhere exotic (as in Guinea Fowl) and the name "Pig" from their grunting (as in "hedgehog").
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Varied colouring, often with a central "saddle", and different fur types have been bred in captivity.
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
A typical litter is 3-6 pups.
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pigs have been used in medical experiments for many years as they can replicate human diseases, leading to the term "Guinea pig" as the object of an experiment.
Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig "Food please"
Guinea Pig
They are vegetarian, typically eating grass.