10 Facts About Guinea Pigs

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Guinea pigs are some of the cutest and best pets that you could have. If you are looking for some fun and interesting facts about guinea pigs to help with a homework project or maybe you are just really interested in them, then here are 10 Fun Facts About Guinea Pigs to get you started.


1
Guinea Pigs are not pigs but, rather, rodents. They are also not from Guinea; they originated in the Andes.

2
The guinea pig was domesticated as early as 5000 B.C. in South America as a source of food.

3
Male guinea pigs are called boars, females are referred to as sows, and young ones are called pups.

4
If a female guinea pig is uninterested in a male during courtship, she will sometimes squirt a jet of urine at the persistent male.

5
If a female guinea pig does not give birth before she is 6 months old, her pubic bones will fuse.

6
Baby guinea pigs are born ready for the world. They are born with their eyes open and are covered in fur.

7
Guinea pigs typically live about 4 or 5 years, though they may live up to 8.

8
An online store based in Japan called Guinea Pig Fashion sells guinea clothes, including wedding dresses, tank tops, hats, and hair extensions.

9
Guinea pigs are allergic to penicillin

10
Guinea pigs always march in single file, with the largest guinea pig at the front and the young protected in the middle