A guinea pig is not a pig at all!
In fact it’s a kind of rodent like rats. It originates from South America where it is a food delicacy (yes they actually eat them!) – guinea pigs are very shy but if you’re lucky you’ll see some munching on a few lettuce leaves.
Guinea pigs are large for rodents, weighing between 0.5–1.5kg, and measuring 25–40cm long. They live an average of 4–8 years. Unlike similar rodents, guinea pigs mate for life in the same pair bond.
Did you know…
Domesticated guinea pigs thrive in groups of two or more, which is why you will see our guinea pigs in pairs or threes.