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Niklas
2018-04-13, 18:34

Are guinea pigs really pigs?

Are guinea pigs related to pigs or is that just their name? They dont look much like pigs.

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  • Edited by Niklas 2021-09-28, 11:38
Emmy
2018-04-15, 13:59
#1

No, they are in fact not related to normal pigs, even though their name suggests so.

Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia, which explains it more thoroughly;

"Despite their common name, these animals are not in the pig family Suidae, nor do they come from Guinea in Africa; they originated in the Andes of South America and studies based on biochemistry and hybridization suggest they are domestic, not wild, descendants of a closely related species of cavy such as C. tschudii."

Their wild ancestors are unknown.

- Emmy

Hostess of Guinea Pig Savvity

Niklas
2018-04-15, 14:07
#2

So a more suitable name would be Andes Cavy. ;-)


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Emmy
2018-04-17, 09:58
#3

Yes, or something like that. :)

- Emmy

Hostess of Guinea Pig Savvity

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