To The Rescue!

This Saturday we went on a guinea pig rescue mission. The owner had dozens (and dozens) of guinea pigs living together in a big cage in his back yard. You know the story, someone gives you a couple of guinea pigs, you stick them together … next thing you know you have more guinea pigs. Unfortunately none of them were ever separated and the problem grew bigger and bigger.  (Seriously, please sex your guinea pigs and seperate them, for their own sakes!)

Since we’re huge suckers we jumped into action. When we got there we were astounded by the amount of guinea pigs, but sadly, we were also shocked by the poor conditions they were all in. In the end we took home six while a friend took another. We only intended to take two but, well, yeah we’re suckers.

When we got them home we started taking inventory on their conditions. They are all skinny and malnourished with shredded ears and scabs from fighting. One has a blind eye, another is almost certainly going to have a blind eye, two had great cuts on their back (one of which also has a bad leg), one has no ears at all (ripped off) and the last one? Surprise! turns out she’s PREGNANT. (We’re seriously hoping she’s the only one since we picked up mostly females).

Here are some pictures from the second day:

Astrid, the cut on her back is clear here.

Astrid, the cut on her back is clear here.

Earless (We're trying not to formally name this one yet) checking out the food.

Earless (We’re trying not to formally name this one yet) checking out the food.

Earless discovered carrots and turned her lips orange.

Earless discovered carrots and turned her lips orange.

Astrid and Stoick the Little. Here you can see Stoick's bad eye. She's barely a few weeks old. Normally one this young should be with their mother but she wouldn't have survived if we hadn't taken her.

Astrid and Stoick the Little. Here you can see Stoick’s bad eye. She’s barely a few weeks old. Normally one this young should be with their mother but she wouldn’t have survived if we hadn’t taken her.

Crow White is going to my friend as soon as she's healthy enough.

Crow White is going to my friend as soon as she’s healthy enough.

Valka the expectant mother.  She's really timid, we hope to get her to trust us before the birth.

Valka the expectant mother. She’s really timid, we hope to get her to trust us before the birth.

 

 

 

 

Blind Bjorn, he's older and beat up but so sweet that I fell in love and couldn't leave him behind.

Blind Bjorn, he’s older and beat up but so sweet that I fell in love and couldn’t leave him behind.

 The good news is that everyone is eating heartily and beginning to trust us, in fact, they’re learning how to beg! These are pigs that have never really been handled or socialized but they’re making fast progress. Cuts are healing and already they’re looking a little fatter and the fear is gone from their eyes. My only health concern now is Stoick the Little’s eye.                  Well, there you have it, the newest members of my viking hoard. I can’t wait to post pictures in a week or two when they are fatter and healthier.                                              If you live near the Broward area and have room in your heart for a guinea pig or two then please check out the link and go adopt a new friend, I can’t stress enough how much these piggies need a good home!                   http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/pet/4721588351.html

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