Caramel was abandoned in a park in Burbank (Los Angeles County, CA). He is blonde, weighs a whopping 1750 g (nearly four pounds.) And he has 24 toes--12 in the front, 12 in the back. Some of them are fused together and others are dangly.
I thought he was a random mutant pig but apparently there are other blonde pigs, huge, 24 toed pigs turning up across Southern California.
Polydactyly is an autosomal dominant gene. Breeders who deliberately breed guinea pigs with this autosomal gene are risking half-formed toes that are just soft tissue and a nail (which can snagged on something and get torn off, leading to a serious infection.)
Wee Companions spotted in a Petco in San Diego, CA.
The Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital in San Diego seems to have gotten two in this week: click here to see photos.
The A&EA Hospital contacted Petco to ask what the deal was. They reported: "My contact at Petco emailed me after speeking w/ their buyer who said the grower told them '. . . these are a new type of guinea pig that they are testing. They were excited to hear that people noticed and liked them.'"
Dear Petco. Birth Defect =/= New Breed. Ugh!
I can send you pictures of the pig I'm pet sitting but I don't know if they will be as clear as the one above.
But yeah, these guys have TWICE as many back toes as a normal guinea pig. Weird...
I wrote a couple people who may know more about these imports (or may have heard about them). I wrote the person who did the Portuguese translation of the pamphlet and a person who recently inquired about using it. Hey, I should write our member who wrote the Spanish translation too. Maybe she can tell us something.
And all that extra weight - I cant imagine how that works. Do you suppose the bones are larger, or more separation between them? That could cause a whole host of problems if they still have regular sized organs.
Are they being bred on purpose, to try to make a new guinea pig breed?
- Supporter in '09
Here are pics of Sasquatch. When Djakarta took these photos, he weighed 900 grams. He is now up to 1625 grams and the vet says he is NOT fat. He is big boned. He is like double the size of some of my sows!
Sasquatch is now living with Cavy Castle and is playing nanny boar to two of Lauren's pups.
- Supporter in '09
His bones look fine at this point, although all are larger than the average piggy. His heart, stomach, etc. was larger too, but matches the size of the rest of him. His legs and spine look good, and the vet estimates he is probably just a year old now.