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Guinea pig +

Cavia aperea f. porcellus

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In South America, guinea pigs are regarded as a source of food and fattened up to 4 kg. In other regions of the  world they are also eaten. Here, we regard them more as pets, although they are also used in laboratories or as a source of food for other animals in zoos. Guinea pigs are popular with children because they look cute. However, they are often not kept under appropriate conditions – they should have at least two other companions. Cramped cages are not suitable.

Classification:

Order: rodents, family: caviidae

Diet:

Green fodder, hay, vegetables, bark; increased need for vitamin C.
They are not able to produce vitamin C themselves and have to get it from their diet.

Origin:

Domesticated as a food source several thousand years ago in the South American Andes. First introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Nowadays, they are kept all over the world.

Reproduction:

Gestation period: 65–75 days, 1–4 young (sometimes more); max. life expectancy: 12 years

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