PSY­CHIC GUINEA PIGS

Fortean Times - - STRANGE DAYS -

Clive and Rose Restall were told in Novem­ber 2015 that they must ei­ther part com­pany with their 21 guinea pigs or leave their home in Ply­mouth, Devon, as the pets breached their ten­ancy agree­ment. How­ever, the cou­ple claimed that their guinea pigs had been cru­cial to Mr Restall, 57, get­ting through his can­cer treat­ment and that they had spe­cial pow­ers. They said the ro­dents had helped mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with their per­sonal prob­lems and had even helped in­flu­ence the fu­ture. “Lots of peo­ple like to come and visit them,” said Mr Restall. “Some peo­ple speak to them about their prob­lems. There was one lad who came in and asked the guinea pigs to help bring his fa­ther back from Afghanistan, and they did. And there is a young lady we know who is hav­ing trou­ble at home with her par­ents, but she comes in and talks to them. They’re a means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. They lis­ten to your prob­lems and they help.”

Mr Restall bought his first batch of guinea pigs as part of his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with kid­ney can­cer in 2010. Western Daily Press, 2 Nov 2015.

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