Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Condiments Family

Remember that guinea pig family I was fostering? Yeah, they're still here. Momma would be outta here, except the shelter's so full there's no point taking her back yet. That's her up there, Nutella. She has lovely long fur that none of her babies inherited. She's separate from them now, and while she complained a lot initially, I think she's secretly glad to be rid of them. For one thing, there's no one to steal her hay anymore.
You can see how big Butterscotch has gotten here, although I'm not sure why he decided to close his eyes. You'd think I'd be able to get decent photos of my own foster animals, but apparently not. As the only male, Butterscotch is also on his own now. He is not as pleased about this as his mom.
He's a bit of a nut, but he's also cute as a button, so it all balances out. You know, we tried out darndest to make these guys sociable from a young age, but they are still pretty skittish. I blame mom; Nutella's favourite game is run-and-hide.
Marmalade probably looks the most like their mom. Marmalade was nicknamed 'Squealer' when we first got them, and there's a reason for that. She has got a set of lungs on her! When she is displeased, she lets you know. Loudly. There's a reason I don't have guinea pigs! For one thing, all that squealing sets off the lovebird, and the is a very unfortunate chain reaction.
Honey is definitely my favourite. Check out her funky hairstyle! She got her name from the lovely people on our Facebook page. Honey is probably the boldest of the babies, not that that's saying much.
These guys are with us for another 10 days before it's time to send them off into the world (or longer, I suppose, if the shelter is still full).
Happily, Marmalade and Honey have a home waiting for them, a family that is eagerly awaiting the sisters! That just leaves Butterscotch and Nutella.
Anyone want some very loud but very cute cavies?

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