Funny Math or When Does 1 + 1= 5–Wordless Wednesday
Remember not so long ago – about four months now – when we got new baby GIRL guinea pigs?? The kids were so excited and each wanted one. They had a guinea pig named Cottonball for about three and a half years and then their pet died. We waited a suitable few months and then got Buttercup and Hope. Girls. Two girl guinea pigs. One for each of our girls. Let me say it one more time. Girls. Well, I went away for the weekend with my kids and then came back to notice Sunday – yes, literally that fast – that Hope was HUGE!! Looking seriously pregnant and eating enough food for both guinea pigs. And Buttercup suddenly clearly had male Attributes ie. testicles.
Clearly someone had made a mistake.
So Payton and I both looked around like mad at pet stores for information on what a pregnant guinea pig needs and finally found some information yesterday. Feeling pretty good, we went to bed last night and woke up this morning to find five guinea pigs in the cage where two used to live.
Yup, fully formed, furry and so adorable. Without so much as a peep, my guinea pigs have multiplied. Really and truly, we are stunned. Now Hope, the mama, is pretty much back to her normal size and looking exhausted because she is nursing all the time and the Daddy, Buttercup, whom we thought was a girl, is looking pretty baffled and jumping around the cage popcorning.
I can almost see my daughter’s summer presentation when we return to school in September. This Summer I learned that girl guinea pigs can have babies. We learned the meaning of the word testicles and that sometimes they don’t descend for several weeks in guinea pig babies so it’s almost impossible to tell what gender they are for awhile. And we learned that pet store owners are sometimes not that well trained and then we figured out that girl guinea pigs can give birth fast with hardly any sounds at all. And presto fully formed furballs that nurse on two teats. Two teats divided by three guinea pig babes means one is always fighting for food. Funny math. We now know that Hope will nurse them for six weeks. And I am relatively certain that we will not be keeping a little petting zoo here at my home, so dear readers, anyone want a back to school guinea pig?
I’d recommend just one.
Mother nature doing her finest work to guarantee survival of the species LOL
that is quite the learning experience lol!
Such an amazing experience!!
who knew? I little sex education, up close and personal, descending testicles and all.
Better you than me.
Oh my goodness!! That must have been quite the surprise! So amazing that they’re already that big after being born…fluffy and all lol. What a great post..about your two “girl” guinea pigs hehe.
That happened to us a few years ago! The owner of the horse riding stable/ranch up the road from us wanted to give us these adorable kittens. I explicitly said I didn’t want any females. She said, “Oh, no. These are two BROTHERS”. Fine. We took them home. Before we knew it, Fred and George BOTH had litters! ARGH. Fred and George were in fact, Frederica and Georgette!
awwww!!! oh my gosh!!
and i *wish* we could take on more, because i am seriously a sucker for a pet in need of a home..but alas we have 2 piggies already, and I am allergic to them too! *duh moment*
Oh my lands!!!!
I recommend NONE! LOL
My dog is enough for me.
Do NOT tell my girl. She is dying for a guinea pig
Tee, hee. Could have been worse, you could have had rabbits and you know what they say about them…
Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
Awwww…yay!!Congrats. You have grand-guinea babies now!!
lol…love this story. Congratulations on your new additions to the family!
Lisa Marie Fletcher
Aww so cute! A shocker for sure! What a great learning experience for your littles.
congrats are in order but this is why I don’t get animals like this LOL.
I hear of this happening all the time and I’d rather not push my luck
They’re pretty cute though
My kids would LOVE a guinea Pig. Good to hear they are good pets.
Oh my goodness. What a crazy story. They are adorable little creatures though!
Mom vs. the boys
oh Buttercup you are a tricky one! lol
OMG they are sooooo cute. I had a guinea pig as a kid.
awwwww! I used to have a guinea pig and it was so much fun! I’ll take one! 🙂
Such a cute story amd they are too cute!
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Sofia @ From PDX with Love
Cute fellas….hope my boys never ask for one!
Too cute! But what a handful!!!
LOL, great summer lesson! Did you have to do much explaining? 😉
BAHAHAHAHA Best “What I did on my summer vacation” essay EVER!