A Quick History of the Guinea Pig

Each month for the next several months MNPPR is going to be doing a beginners class about each type of pocket pet. In honor of October's guinea pig class here are a 10 quick history facts about where the pet piggies we know and love came from. 1. Guinea Pigs are descendant from Phoberomys pattersoni, the largest rodent ever that weighed in at 1500 pounds and lived 8 million years ago. 2. Guinea pigs (or Cavies as they are sometimes called) started hanging out with humans around 9,000 years ago. 3. Many families in South America kept herds of around 20 cavies as a source of protein. 4. These cavies were sometimes kept in adobe cages and sometimes give free range of all or part of the house (m

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