Since we've taken in "Buddha", I've heard of two others this week. One was taken in by a local rabbit rescue--I saw him and he's even more wild than our girl. Someone else asked to surrender another one (this one, by her account, is very friendly, and I would consider taking him in).
Mary from Cavy Companions (she takes in un-adoptables) is going to take our cuy. She's had some experience with them.
So this is Buddha. She weighs 3 lbs 5 ounces, so I think maybe she's part cuy and part regular pig.
Name: Goliath (shelter name) has since been changed to Magnum P.I.G.
Date obtained: May 27, 2014
Found or purchased where: Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, Billings MT
Color: Red and white
Abnormalities: none visible
Temperment: Wild, skittish, hard to catch, he settles down once he is caught and is usually calm once he is held; but still startles easily and doesn't seem to truly relax. Oh, and he can leap tall grids with a single bound. :)
Health problems: none apparent, I will take him to the vet towards the end of quarantine
His age is listed as 9 months and he weighs 1305 grams.
His feet are large especially his back feet. I could only get a picture of the front paw.
He does have a sweet face.
I got her in February 2014 at petsmart. I would visit the store with my dogs and saw her.wow she was big.so about a month I kept checking on her to make sure you got to a home.so one month past by and no such luck so I bought her not knowing she was a cuy.She lots to hide in tunnels and not very vocal.
Female not a year yet.
Date obtained February 2014
Found or purchased where? (please be specific) Petsmart Milpitas, CA
Weight 5 lbs
Color Brown or red
Abnormalities (ie. extra toes) None that I can tell
Temperament Very skittish, agressive toward other guinea pigs
Health problems None so far she does have a different type of smell or scent than any other guinea pigs.
I have her since February got her form petsmart. I went to see her every week and I was hoping someone would get her.So a whole month has past and she was still there so I got her.
I didn't know she was a cuy.I just thought she was a very large guinea pig.
She is very skittish and when you can catch her she does stay with you.
I have an informal guinea pig "rescue" and was just given a very large guinea pig who was going to be euthanized at the shelter because he's "skittish". Luckily someone there got my name from someone who knows me so she called.
Name: Chester 1.5years old
Date obtained: July 7, 2014
Where: Humane society
Weight: 3# 14oz
Color: orange and white
Temperament: must trap in pigloo to pick up, tries to jump out of arms if held, hides all day and rotates or moves pigloo toward desired consumable
Health problems: none so far but soft stool possibly from stress[/img]
- Supporter in '11
I got an email recently from someone in Portland, Oregon who has a male cuy and wanted to adopt a female cuy from me so the 4H kids could experience cuy pups. She wanted them to be able to recognize cuys when they were pups.
Got him around March 1st 2014
Got him from LA Guinea Pig Rescue
5 lbs 2 oz
Predominantly red with a white blaze and a bit around his neck
Skittish, strong. Terrified when being picked up, but loves lap time. Will stay in a lap for an hour. Loves baby guinea pigs. We could tell he really wanted one of the babies in our house so we bonded them and it's helped him come out of his shell greatly. Now instead of hiding in his box, he'll lay out in the open when we walk by and I can even hand feed him pellets just leaning over his cage. He's come a long way.
I am not a shelter, but work with a shelter.
October 9, 2014
Was brought to me by a home health aid who thought she was a guinea pig.
Currently 2 lbs 8oz and maybe 6 months old.
Face is black with a white blaze on her noze body has long honey colored hair with some white. I have not yet been able to examine her closely as to number of toes....
she is very skittish and hates being picked up, has a history of nipping/biting. I am apparently the first person who has ever managed to have her sit still in my lap.
My Punkin was a 3lb 12oz male guinea pig and she is much longer than he was. I strongly suspect she is a mix with I don't know what breeds.