- Supporter in '11
I don't know the age of any of them so there's no telling right now if the smaller ones are regular or cuy. They are all "strays". I'm hoping the 5 smaller ones aren't related to Paula. SHe's got long nipples though so she must have been bred before
She is 1100 grams, I think she is an adolescent.
Wild as can be, stampede is a good term for what she does when I try to catch her.
Toes are normal in number but feet are really big.
She has CL and had 7 lumps removed, and she has bumblefoot on one of her front paws.
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- Supporter in '11
Exotic meat dealers however are not subject to inspection by APHIS. They are regulated by the FDA. They get a lot less attention from animal welfare groups. They may not have to provide the same conditions for the animals, hence they could theoretically charge less for them.
But these are theories because we really don't know exactly where Petco is getting the Cuy. And since they are breeding with regular guinea pigs they will soon be more difficult to differentiate.
Date obtained: I got Carmel 7/8/2011, but I believe she was rescued about a week prior.
Found or purchased where: rescued from a Long Beach, CA shelter
Weight: 1 lb 6.8 oz (646 grams)
Color: White with gray ears
Abnormalities: No visible abnormalities
Temperament: Skittish. Runs away when you try to pick her up. Wheeks loudly for the first minute or two after she is in your arms. Calms down after a few minutes and is then ok.
Health problems: None that we're aware of.
I foster for OCCH, where she is currently on pregnancy watch. She is about 2 weeks in, and so far no signs of pregnancy. (She was found in a cage with mother (full Cuy) and father (domestic)).
She is definitely still a baby, and growing faster than the others we have. She was smaller than the 2-month-old when we got her, and in 2.5 weeks is now as big as the 7-month-old. We think she must be around 2-3 months old.
I don't know how to post pictures yet, but I will try to get a more recent one (there is another of her and momma on page 3).
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Each Petco had 6-8 piggies but they all looked like the normal mix of Americans and Aby's.
Jem, a female Cuy, has ears that are 2 1/4 inches wide. Valentino, an average sized adult boar has ears that are 1 1/2 inches wide.
Jem's feet were 2 1/4 inches long from heel to hairline and Valentino's feet were 1 1/2 inches long.
They're muscular and very beefy, not fat. Very, very strong. The reason why they are so meaty is because they are intended for food and not for pet companionship.
Part of the reason why they have six toes is because it is considered good luck for guinea pigs to have lots of front toes in Peruvian culture.
They're usually quite terrified of humans, seem more feral and simply more anxious than other guine apigs. High strung.
They are usually red and white, or golden blonde color.
They can leap out of a C&C cage no problem.
Their poops are huge.
They have shorter lifespans and many die suddenly.
It's strange but they seem to be more common in Southern California.
Here's some info on the cuy I pet-sat for OCCH:
Date obtained: early 2010
Found or purchased where? abandoned in a park in Burbank (Los Angeles County, CA)
Weight 1750 g
Color Golden blonde
Abnormalities (ie. extra toes) 24 toes--12 in the front, 12 in the back. Some of them are fused together and others are dangly.
Temperament: Very anxious and skittish. On his first day at his new adoptive home he screamed, leapt the new C&C cage and hid in a closet.
Health problems: Sadly, Caramel passed away in late 2010 so he was only in rescue for about a year.
I used this thread or a while to document my research on cuy: