A little history on Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs once roamed the wild, crawling and running through trees and brush, scurrying from predators (big surprise: the guinea pig is an animal of prey!) and munching on delicious grass and greens – find out more.
While they can sometimes be found in the wild, guinea pigs are mostly at home in a cage with a good selection of hay and a few playmates for friends. At least, in this country.
In the Andes and all over South America, guinea pigs are still a large part of the cultural experience. They were domesticated thousands of years ago, but not for pets—they were actually used for food purposes.
Oh yes, people actually ate the beautiful, loving creature that’s squealing for food in your cage. They’re still used in the Andes today, but thankfully, for medicine, not food.
Many people believe that the guinea pig has supernatural abilities and properties, and because of that, they’ve been incorporated into a great deal of folk medicine. Where Western medicine isn’t available (or is widely distrusted), the guinea pig is there.
A little scary? Don’t worry, we’re not going to recommend a guinea pig over antibiotics! We only mention their medical role to show how this wonderful pet has such a unique and colourful history.
And we mean colourful in a good way!