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Guinea Pig Information

Guinea pigs are popular pets in North America. Their cute faces and squeaks bring delights to the faces of children. They are relatively inexpensive pets to keep, but they require frequent cage cleaning and companionship.

The guinea pig originated in South America. It is also called a cavy after its scientific name, which is cavia porcellus. This means that it is from the genus cavia and the family caviidae. In South America, guinea pigs sometimes serve as a relatively inexpensive source of food. Incas used to breed them for both food and sacrifice. 


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