She's a female, and she is almost 2 years old.
We got her at either a petco or a pet smart (can't remember which is which) in Puyallup, Washington. She is mostly red with a little white and weighs 4.4 pounds. She has normal toes and is very shy but over the last two years has opened up quite a bit. She is dominant over all the other pigs and they do not ever try to fight her about it. I wish I could figure out how to post a photo on here haha she is very cute :)
We adopted him in July. Apparently he'd come from a backyard breeder who sold him and 9 others at an animal auction for 50p each. I brought him home along with two others who are of usual weight, size and temperament.
He's solid white with dark ruby eyes and has a bit of long hair on his rear end. His toes are normal. Currently he's just under 4lbs in weight and is 1 1/2 times the size of my other boars.
He's always been very skittish and nervous, doesn't squeak much and doesn't enjoy being handled. He loves floor time though and pelts around, shouting as he goes.
He seems perfectly healthy and has a good appetite. We try to be extra gentle with him so he doesn't get startled. It's almost impossible though!
- Supporter in '11
Two weeks ago Billie Jean developed a urinary tract infection. She was started on Baytril while waiting for culture results. She improved on Baytril but still has signs of a UTI. She was found to have a large urethral stone which was successfully removed yesterday under anesthesia. Her culture just came back today and she has Enterococcus and Proteus, which both tested highly resistant to Baytril and some of the other standard piggy meds. However, TMS was not tested on the Enterococcus and Doxycycline was not tested on the Proteus so my vet is going to ask the lab to test those. Hopefully we'll find some combination that works.
When cuys first appeared on the scene 6 years ago, I heard that 3 years was a common life span for them. Billie Jean is 6 now and has endured a few tough medical issues. She is responding well from being under anesthesia yesterday.
- Supporter in '11
I'm so happy with the turn-around I saw in her behavior. THe last couple years, she would only make a half-hearted attempt to avoid capture. When she first arrived, everything was a thundering stampede.
She will be missed.
Came home May 2016, he was 14 months at that time
Adopted from Foggy Creek GP Rescue in Maple Valley, WA who also has his 3 sisters
At 2.5 years old, he is currently 4 pounds
He is primarily black with red markings and a tiny bit of white
No abnormalities noted so far
He is very skittish and bulldozes anything in his way, other pigs included. Difficult to catch, but is possible. Will not hesitate to jump (more like launch) over/off of tall objects. Is extremely strong. Is the dominant pig/bully. Once held he will usually settle though and is the best for nail trims. AND I have been able to hand feed him treats on multiple occasions, but he is very cautious.
(Knock on wood) Did experience a URI which was treated. Did notice that he is extremely(!) subtle in his behavior changes if he isn’t feeling well. That primal instinct to survive is extremely developed with this one.
Before I adopted him, he was in a study at WSU where they were studying the outcomes of castration via the abdomen as compared to the scrotum. As far as I know he did well and has not had any complications since.
Lisa, who has Foggy Creek Cavy Rescue, still has his 3 sisters in her rescue for this very reason. They are exponentially worse than he is and that is the reason she has been unsuccessful in adopting them out in almost 2 years. She told me that she had very strong suspicions when they were almost 1 year old that they were part cuy. And after having Clint, I have to say that I agree with her. I have had many guinea pigs for 23 years, boars included, but none remotely like Clint. He is robust in his build compared to the other boars that I’ve had. And who knows, if he had not been neutered at such a young age, he may be bigger as testosterone tends to do that.