Fun Facts About Guinea Pigs!

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Do you have a guinea pig, or have ever owned one? They're sweet little critters, aren't they? Gentle, affectionate, low maintenance, and wonderful companions for kids — and adults! — of all ages. Plus, they make some of the cutest squeaky noises ever heard. They may seem like simple animals, but there are a lot of fun and interesting facts about guinea pigs that you may not know. Here are some of them!

-The name 'guinea pig' is a bit of a misnomer. They don't come from Guinea, nor are they related to pigs. However, they ARE named after pigs due to their stout, chubby bodies. Females are even called 'sows' and males are called 'boars.' The 'guinea' comes from the country Guyana - which is also funny, because guinea pigs originate from the Andes.

-Guinea pig babies are called 'pups' and are born with open eyes, fur, and can run around just a few hours after they're born.

-Guinea pigs, like many rodents, are herbivores and munch on grass, hay, and produce. Feeding them pieces of healthy fruits and vegetable helps them supplement their diets with Vitamin C. They actually can't make that nutrient!

-There are a lot of ways to show that a guinea pig is happy. They chirp, purr, and stretch out when they are relaxed, and if you see them 'pop corning' - jumping straight up in the air - they are happy and playing.

-Guinea pigs are self-grooming, active during the day, and rarely bite or scratch. This makes them great, affectionate pets. If you play and pet them regularly, they'll easy bond with you.

-Guinea pigs are social critters, so you can own more than one and they'll be happier for it!

-The lifespan of a guinea pig is even longer than that of hamsters or gerbils. They live 4 to 7 years, and the better they're cared for, the longer they'll live. The longest-living guinea pig made it to 15!

-In the wild, guinea pigs can be found in grassy plains and semi-arid deserts where they can find dry vegetation. They also live and travel in herds for companionship!

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