It’s Guinea Be Good

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The per­fect mid­dle ground be­tween a dog and a ham­ster, the Amer­i­can Cavy, also known as the Amer­i­can Guinea Pig, has been do­mes­ti­cated since 5000 BC. De­spite their name, guinea pigs be­long to the ro­dent family and have lit­tle re­la­tions to pigs.

Stout and short-legged, an adult Amer­i­can Cavy stands at ap­prox­i­mately thir­teen cen­time­tres tall, with its hind legs longer than their front. Its small, tri­an­gu­lar mouth con­tains a set of teeth that grows con­tin­u­ously, re­sult­ing in its need to con­stantly chew or gnaw.

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