He also communicates with me in other ways but that is the most remarkable example.
Fido on the other hand is constantly chattering at me but it doesn´t make any sense. I think he´s just so dominant he doesn´t like being held "against his will." He seems to be saying, "don´t you know, I´m supposed to be the boss."
Have any of your pigs "talked" to you? I like to think that Spot is just exceptionally brilliant :-).
What I think is cool is the way the pigs communicate with each other. The other night, they were all out in the living room and Lucy discovered a new crevice to disappear into (she´s the explorer). The other three ran around the room, apparently calling out to find her, until she re-emerged (embarrassingly dusty) and responded.
They know when one of them is missing - when I´m bringing them in from their cage, I occasionally get side-tracked and leave one in there. The pigs that are already on the floor definitely let me know one is missing, and the lonely pig in the cage cries until I bring her in to join her friends.
I think it´s nice that they (seem to) look out for one another.
My second favorite thing about my pigs is the sounds they make (beside the cuddling). I love the "Hey, what´s that?" sound (short rumbles), the full on rumblestrutting sound (brrrrrrr), the chirping (I´m blessed with a singer), and the food squeals.
I´m not so fond of the shrieking because someone touched a non-dominant pig ("She touched me! Well he touched me first! Stop it! Stop touching me!")
p.s. Sometimes the board can be very quiet. It´s weird. When you mentioned it, I got a picture of Elmer Fudd stalking Bugs Bunny and saying "Be vewy vewy quiet...."
Piglet talks less, but she definitely communicates verbally. If I feed her and there´s something in the dish she´s not keen on, she´ll eat the stuff she likes first and then look at the rest (like today´s offering, red pepper) then look back at me, and go "cluck cluck cluck", sometimes standing on her hind legs, asking me to bring something better (like a piece of carrot). If I don´t, I´m in trouble...
Carol - that´s how I learned too! When he first started chattering at me I´d say, "Oh calm down, you´re fine." Then he´d pee on me. It only took me a half dozen times to figure it out (duh).
Laura - Mitzi sounds great! How much fun she must be.
ECollins - be vewy, vewy quiet! Thanks for breaking the silence
Actually, I don´t know if this is true, but I have heard that domestic guinea pigs actually adapted their wheeping so humans can hear them. Apparently, wild guinea pigs´ wheeps are so high pitched, that the human ear can´t hear them. The story then goes that through hundreds of years of domestication, the domestic cavy has lowered the pitch of its wheep, so us humans can hear them.
- I gave what I could!
Ah, he knows how to communicate alright.
um Houston, we have a problem here.
Those giant balls are really bad for guinea pigs.
Others will confirm this and explain it better than I can.
But from what I gather, pigs´ backs don´t arch that way
and the balls will inflict serious injury over time.