Class: Mammalia / Order: Rodentia / Family: Caviidae
Aren’t they cute? A special Guinea Pig force working for the FBI? It’s only in the movie! But don’t stop your thought from thinking they are one cute mammals. These Rodents that belong the family of Caviidae is called the Guinea Pig or Cavy that originated from South America. Way back then, Guinea Pig was the source of food and medicine by tribes in the Andean region until the European trader introduced them as “pet” in the 16th century. Furthermore, with more scientific research on their traits environment (this includes: natural and domestic habitat, and behavior), breeding, diet, and health issue make our life so much simpler not only knowing that it is safe to adopt a Guinea pig, but also to take care of them accordingly.
This is Cherry; a red-black Peruvian momma of Labu and Labi. A Peruvian breed is also known as the Angora, and like the Coronet breed, these long-hair type of breeding requires extra grooming due to its long hair and trimming is necessary as the hair may get tangle easily and get dirty too, especially near its rear area. However, the heat and the humidity in our continent (South East Asia) teach them (by nature) to trimmed their own hair once it gets too hot. Therefore, it’s best to keep them outside of the house with proper shedding from the sun and the rain.
Creamer is an Abyssinian with shiny coat of black and white with plenty of rosettes around his body; usually one on each shoulder, four over the back, one of each hip, and two across the rear. His strong father figure shows how protective he is of his little “two”; Labu and Labi. When it gets too hot, he can trim his hair too, however the result won’t be so obvious compared to Peruvian Guinea Pig that has long hair.
On the other hand, although Labu and Labi has a Peruvian mother, Creemer dominated the gene. Labu and Labi were born on the 22nd of August 2010 and they are both Boars (the term used for male Guinea Pig). Normally, a boar can be separated from his mother after the age of 3 weeks, while an extra week may be added if there’s any sign of mounting behavior or if the boar needs an extra health boost from the mother. Just like a baby, mother’s milk is what strengthened the immune system.
Meet Kopi, my Abyssinian Albino boar!!! My first Guinea Pig, given from a friend, Linda! I am forever greatful for Bino (the name Linda gave him) and also for Candy (also from Linda), the sow that is currently keeping Kopi smiling each and every day. Kopi is a very delicate boar and he’s very obidient. We do like to watch movies together as I rubbed his back; trust me, he won’t move an inch!
Normally, two boars will not work in the same community (or cage/area), unless they are siblings/family. They will bound to fight for territorial and domination. However, 2 or more Sows (the term used for female Guinea Pig) are safe to live in the same community, even with only one boar surround them (note: it’s still recommended to watch for any cases of domination among the sows, just to be on the safe side).
Only a few that I can show at the moment, stay tuned for more introductions and pictures of my Guinea Pigs. Remember … There’s always a Friend for Everyone!!!