Who are Booboo, Titi and Teddy? They are cute guinea pigs living with Megan, a 23 year old girl from the Netherlands. She is their care taker and owner. On her site she posts pictures of these cute creatures and more interesting things about the three friends.
Something you should know about Guinea Pigs : Not all Guinea Pigs are as lucky as Booboo, Titi and Teddy to find a sweet home.
Despite their common name, these animals are not in the pig family, nor are they from Guinea. The guinea pig, also called the cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.
Biological experimentation on guinea pigs has been carried out since the 17th century. The animals were frequently used as a model organism in the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting in the epithet “guinea pig” for a test subject, but have since been largely replaced by other rodents such as mice and rats. They are still used in research, primarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes, tuberculosis, scurvy, and pregnancy complications.
They originated in the Andes, and earlier studies based on biochemistry and hybridization suggested they are domesticated descendants of a closely related species of cavy such as Cavia aperea, C. fulgida, or C. tschudii and, therefore, do not exist naturally in the wild.
In Western societies, the guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century. Their docile nature, their responsiveness to handling and feeding, and the relative ease of caring for them, continue to make the guinea pig a popular pet. Organizations devoted to competitive breeding of guinea pigs have been formed worldwide, and many specialized breeds of guinea pig, with varying coat colors and compositions, are cultivated by breeders.
When we found the picture of this cute Guinea pig, Booboo on the internet our search brought an interesting biography of this little one. On her website Megan says
- I love to take pictures of Booboo! She’s the perfect model, cooperative, versatile and very relaxed! Booboo is a 2 year old blond guinea pig. There’s no special meaning behind the name, my sister came up with the name and I thought “cute!” She’s not that social to other guinea pigs though, I would say a spirited lady. She also doesn’t walk, stays if you put her somewhere till you pick her up again. Quite spoiled and often not interested in things. I think all these things give her a strong and unique character! Unfortunately she can’t get babies anymore, she’s too old for that now. I really would like to see guinea pigs being born, so cute! Currently living together with Teddy (female guinea pig) in her Eco Habitat. She has also lived with Titi, Titi is with my sister now. In my Booboo and her friends portfolio you can see more of her and her friends!
Propel Steps thank sweet souls like Megan and many who takes care of such cute animals, who lost their natural habitat in wild. They cannot survive in wild anymore. So we must thank humans like Megan are filling the lives of Guinea pigs with love. 🙂
Courtesy : Megan via www.lieveheersbeestje.org/, Wikipedia and Google