Define What Is A Guinea Pig?

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Define What Is A Guinea Pig?

You must have heard the name of 'guinea pig', as if hearing its name, it seems that it would be an animal like a pig, but in reality, it is not so. The guinea pig is not a boar but a small, very beautiful mammal-like creature known for its sharp cutter teeth.

Ni Pigs are creatures of South America, but they can also be seen in Europe. This animal with hairy hair like rabbit on the body is a creature belonging to the class of munching animals like rats and squirrels, known by its scientific name 'Keviya porcellus'. 

The guinea pig is a brown, white, and black creature whose length is 8 to 10 inches and weighs from 700 to 1200 grams. They have 4 fingers in the front legs and 3 fingers in the back legs. It is a pet that lives from 5 to 7 years.
The reason why the guinea pig was named guinea pig has not been ascertained, but it is said that it may have been called the guinea pig because of its pig-like thick neck and big mouth. The female guinea pig gives birth to 3 to 4 babies at a time, its babies start running within an hour from birth.

Like mice, guinea pig also make bills. Its ears are slightly larger than the rat but do not have a tail. Their eyes are round and small like a rat, but they are able to see things even beyond the human scope, as well as their power to hear and smell.

Guinea Pigs prefer to live alone than in groups. They are herbivorous and can live for long periods without water. The Guinea pig has been used for years for scientific research and due to its delicious meat, its meat is consumed with great fervor in many countries due to which its species is increasing further to extinction which is a concern.