Pippi, Lotta, Sam, Hugo, Jim, Bob and Roxy

Guinea pigs have a new home

Since the 20th century, guinea pigs have been kept as pets. They are particularly suitable for children: They are robust and do not bite as quickly as rabbits. However, they don't want to be alone and appreciate being in their enclosure with at least a partner in their enclosure.
A very animal-loving lady has 7 guinea pigs over the years. Now she has a baby on the way, and she no longer has the time to give her little darlings the attention they need. She does not want her "Meerlis", as she affectionately calls them, to die and asked to be taken in by Gut Aiderbichl. For Pippi, Lotta, Sam, Hugo, Jim, Bob and Roxy, Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf will be their new home.

Guinea pigs are popular pets

Where does the name "guinea pig" actually come from? The name of the animals probably originated because Spanish seafarers brought the animals to Europe by sea. The squeaking sounds of guinea pigs are reminiscent of those of domestic pigs.
The oldest finds that can be unambiguously attributed to the domestic guinea pig originated from the northern central highlands of Peru and from the coastal plain of Ecuador. For more than 4000 years, guinea pigs have been considered a delicacy in the Andean region and are now also fattened to a body weight of up to 4 kg weight in intensive fattening.

Guinea pigs as laboratory animals and as food animals

Like mice, guinea pigs, for example, are also used as laboratory animals. They are kept in experimental laboratories for medical tests, to study stress and social behaviour, to test new active substances in medicine, etc.

Guinea pigs are suitable as food animals for various predators and birds of prey in zoos and animal parks. Adult guinea pigs are also fed to snakes.

Pippi, Lotta, Sam, Hugo, Jim, Bob and Roxy and the Aiderbichl rabbits

Rabbits and guinea pigs usually only get along if they have lived together from an early age. Adding guinea pigs to adult rabbits can be fatal for the guinea pig, as some rabbits defend their territory against intruders.

Our small group gets on very well with the long ears. Pippi, Lotta, Sam, Hugo, Jim, Bob and Roxy have a very nice enclosure of their own, but they also like to flirt with the rabbits.
If you want to keep rabbits and guinea pigs in a group, it is important that the living space is spacious. Pippi, Lotta, Sam, Hugo, Jim, Bob and Roxy have a large enclosure to themselves and, after a given time, we will know if living together in the enclosure with the bunnies will be possible.

Pippi, Lotta, Sam, Hugo, Jim, Bob and Roxy are looking forward to your visit in Henndorf.

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