general-guinea-pigs

Are guinea pigs really pigs?

2018-04-13 16:34 #0 by: Niklas

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

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2018-04-15 11:59 #1 by: Emmy

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

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2018-04-15 12:07 #2 by: Niklas

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

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2018-04-17 07:58 #3 by: Emmy

Yes, or something like that. :)

- Emmy

Hostess of Guinea Pig Savvity

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