||Three months old|
||Abyssinian Guinea Pig|
||Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA|
has been so very special to me since she was born on November 14,
2008. We had bred one of my boys, Danny, to two females at a local
breeder. I fell in love with Danielle, also known as DJ (Danny Junior)
because she was the mirror image of her daddy. I've included a picture of
them together, right after Danielle came home when she was a month old.
Danielle's grown bigger since then, but she's still growing.
Two weeks ago, she surprised me with two beautiful babies! I didn't even
know that she was pregnant, but immediately could tell who the father was,
a male at the breeder's, by one of the baby's markings. Did you know
guinea pigs can get pregnant (or make another guinea pig pregnant) before
they reach four weeks of age? So what we thought just Danielle growing in
size was actually her growing two babies as well!
I was so relieved to see that both babies were healthy when I found them,
(they had been born in the middle of the night). Danielle has been such a
good mom to them. It's so much fun to watch them grow up, they've already
started to eat lettuce, carrots, hay, and grain! They're very vocal, just
like Danielle, who I know got her big voice from Danny.
Danielle is special to me because of the happiness she's given me. If I
have a bad day at school, coming home to see her and my seven other pigs
always makes it better. I don't know what I would do without them. Each
one makes me smile for different reasons, but Danielle is definitely the
one who has brought the most surprises! Besides Danielle, I own her dad
Danny, grandma Nana, (who was retired from breeding) half-sister Nina,
Charlotte, Charmer, and of course, the two babies.
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