I knew peruvians were a cute bunch but when I met Lily for the first time, I just fell in love with her. She was absolutely beautiful... Other than the fact that her nails needed trimming, Lily was a healthy pig. I weighed her in and put her in the old Poppy QT cage.
(Mama says im purrrty ^_^!)
2 weeks later, Lily was introduced to Nana and Poppy during floor time. Introducing a 3rd piggy into an already bonded pair was very different than introducing a new piggy to another lone piggy. The piggies seem to go through long transitioning phase where they must re-sort out their pecking order. With Nana and Poppy, they were best pals after 2 days. However, when lily joined the herd, it was pretty rowdy in that cage for almost a month!
Lily is an absolute DIVA PIG!
(Imma Imma a DIVA, Imma Imma a DIVA)
(That may be true Lily, but WHO wore the sexy Santa skirt on Christmas?)
Lily is very skittish around humans, it takes a lot for her to trust you. I've learned that she doesn't like to be touched in most places and for the most part she wants to be left alone. It is definitely still a work in progress but we are getting there! She is clumsy, always bumping into things and the other piggies. She startles easily, when she hears a noise she doesn't like or if one of the others accidentally bumps into her. She will jump up like she is popcorning and squeal a little, then dart of to the nearest safe spot. As scared as she was, Lily never had an issue showing the other piggies who is boss. She was extremely assertive with Nana and Poppy. It wasn't too long before the pecking order was established, and once again Poppy is at the bottom!
(This is not fair! I'm suppose to be the smartest!!)
Some of you said 3 was the perfect number for guinea pigs and I couldn't agree more, those were some good times. Definitely less cleaning... We lived like happily for a few months and on October 12th, 2011 an unexpected event changed everything.
Bugs Mom, you kind of brought up something that I've dismissed before. The original vet who saw Lily gave her a checkup when I got her and told me she was healthy. That same vet was wrong before about something else. I've since changed vets but have not brought Lily back for a re-check on her eyesight. I've since cut her front bangs shorter because it was covering her face and I think it had something to do with it. It helped alot, however she still runs into the piggies a lot and they dont like it very much! think I will bring her in for another Checkup with my current vet. I'm really glad you reminded me because for the longest time I just kinda settled for the first answer even though I had my doubts.
I noticed that one of the cuddle cups had blood stains. I immediately thought someone had a bladder infection… I took the cuddle cup out from its corner to further inspect it and when I did I almost jumped at what I found behind the cuddle cup.
Sitting in the darkest corner of the cage, under the ramp was a black furball! I was in disbelief! To be honest, the first thing I thought of was “oh my god, did a mouse get into the cage?!?” Being an inexperienced first time owner, I was in a total panic. I couldn’t see it clearly it was so dark and it wasn’t even moving so I was afraid of what it could’ve been. I ran to the other room and got Darren. He lifted the ramp and we found this little guy.
Now we know, SOMEONE had a baby last night… but who? You’ve all seen pictures of my girls, you can understand why I had to check each of them to find out who the mother was. This baby made no sense to me. I had taken each of them to the vet when I got them and the Dr. never even mentioned pregnancy to me! I felt totally betrayed. I found out that Lily was the mother and everything started to make sense… the laziness, hating to be picked up, her change in appetite, her constant thirst and in the last week or so she was doing –this- a lot.
When I realized all this, I felt terrible… I did not provide Lily with the proper care that I should’ve. I was angry at my vet for not being able to tell me this but more so I was upset with myself. Lily was my responsibility and I felt like I had failed her. I separated Lily and her baby from Nana and Poppy just to make sure they got the proper nutrition and care they needed. That's when I got all these sweet mommy's-little-boy pictures! For the next few days I tried to find a new vet. I contacted a local guinea pig rescue hoping to get a recommendation.
At our new vet, we found out that Lily was pregnant for almost 90 days before giving birth, which means the previous owners must’ve bought her while she was pregnant already and then sold her to me. I was told that we were extremely lucky to have had a successful birth because the baby was very big and for a first time mom Lily did an amazing job!
To this day I am so proud of my Lily, despite my failure to provide her with the care she needed she still brought a healthy boar to our life.
We named him Guapo, for “the handsome one” in Spanish.
How Guapo went from /\ to \/ is is another story...
For the next 3 weeks the 4 piggies lived in the same cage together. It was happiest I've ever seen Guapo. I still look at these pictures from time to time because since separating him, he has never been the same.
Sorry for the late update, I was swamped with work (rrsp contribution time!) and didn't get a chance to update. Lily's appt with the vet went well, no problems with her eye sight!(thank goodness) I was so afraid that I had failed her again... We did find a small lump on Nana's neck. We are going to monitor its size and bring her in 3 weeks from now.
- Guinea Supporter '11
You have four gorgeous piggies right there (I have a feeling it will soon be more? ;D) and check out that pic of grown up Guapo, he really IS a handsome one *swoons*
More story soon please! :D