Children and families around the country have been enjoying a funny new adventure about guinea pig espionage agents. But since the movie and now the DVD have been released, rescue groups nationwide are on alert for the “101 Dalmatians effect” of abandoned animals.
Everyone expects misconceptions in a movie about spy animals. But while you know guinea pigs can’t talk, parachute or use spy gear, did you know they can’t climb or run in spinning balls? They’re actually pretty fragile.
Unlike the movie characters, real guinea pigs:
- Can’t run in balls or wheels made for hamsters – Guinea pigs don’t have flexible backs.
- Don’t jump – A fall from a sofa or high area can paralyze them.
- Aren’t hardy – They have delicate digestive systems and can get sick easily if not monitored.
- Startle easily – A frightened guinea pig will often freeze.
With the movie now available on DVD, more families will see it and may even consider buying a guinea pig. But these animals, while cute and cuddly, aren’t really appropriate for young children.
If you know what guinea pigs are really like or own one, take a look at Pet Supermarket’s selection of supplies for these gentle pets.