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Ca·vi·a por·cel·'lus

a rodent with a very short tail that is not visible externally; native to South America, where it is raised for food; used widely as a laboratory animal in medical research.
Synonym(s): guinea pig

guinea pig

n.
1. Any of various small, stocky, short-eared rodents of the genus Cavia of South America, having no visible tail. The domesticated species C. porcellus is widely kept as a pet and is used in biomedical research.
2. Informal A person who is used as a subject for experimentation or research.
Research A rodent occasionally used in research
Vox populi A person used in any empirical situation, analogous to guinea pigs, which in fact have very limited usefulness as experimental animals; although use of the analogy has continued, the use of guinea pigs as test animals has not.
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Make sure you have more than one guinea pig as socialising is a great form of enrichment.
Guinea pigs can make fantastic pets but like all animals they have very complex needs and should never be the sole responsibility of a child.
Inspector Mike Beaman, who is now investigating, said: "The guinea pigs were left in a box in a lane near Osterley Park in an area that has become a fly-tipping hotspot.
Multistate outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis infection associated with pet guinea pigs. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2014;14:414-21.
"By failing to do this, and by displaying such incompetent animal care, 29 guinea pigs unnecessarily suffered amid such squalid conditions."
She took on the task and trained a neural network with a data set based on all the guinea pig names the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue ever gave to an animal.
If you learn to understand guinea pigs' unique language, it will make your time with them even more special.
Parathyroid hormone has been measured previously in rats [6-8], but to the author's knowledge there is only one work concerning PTH measurement by radioimmunoassay, in the guinea pigs without SGPS [9]; unfortunately in this work PTH measurement is anecdotal and no results were published.
#I joined The Guinea Pig Club after my Stirling aircraft was shot down in a raid over Germany.
Layla Rumsey, who runs the North East Guinea Pig Rescue, has made a plea for adopters to come forward, after her rescue centre was stretched to bursting point by an influx of new fluffy residents.
They enjoy being able to spend some time outside, but Layla said she is happy to send guinea pigs to people who can't offer any outside space, so long as the animals will be able to spend some time running around in a space larger than their hutch.

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