10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets

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10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets – by James Alston writing for ExoticDirect ExoticDirect offer pet insurance for guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, mice and other small pets. They also insure parrots, reptiles, tortoise and even pygmy hedgehogs! pet care

Pets Add Life; Guinea Pig Interview

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We were laughing out loud when we watched this interview of Rory the guinea pig! “Have you seen what turtles can do?” ” he asks, but more importantly he will let you know the real reason why being an only pet isn’t much fun! You can see more pet interviews on the PAL YouTube channel. PAL recently started a great pledge campaign on their Facebook page.

Keeping Guinea Pigs cool in the summer – your top 12 guide

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The recent warm weather has been perfect for us, but some Guinea Pig’s have suffered. Guinea Pigs can quickly overheat during the summer leading to heatstroke, which in severe cases can be fatal. Unlike humans, Guinea Pigs cannot sweat – … Continue reading → pet care

Don't Buy Animals For Your Kid Because You Saw it in a Movie

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The heroes are a pair of guinea pigs. Here is a CBS article that at least explains basic care for guinea pigs. Having cared for guinea pigs at the Seattle Animal Shelter, I can tell you that guinea pigs are certainly cute. Tags: Guinea Pigs The latest movie to prompt this kind of behavior is G-Force. They are also the messiest animals on the planet. And, they require a lot of care.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Also, the island of New Guinea appeared as a whole, or as its parts, the eastern independent country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the western West Papua province of Indonesia. 10%: Australia, Papua New Guinea. 15%: Colombia, New Guinea (irrespective of the part/country). New Guinea’s high position came as a surprise to me (having in mind its poor infrastructure and arduous hikes), but clearly birds of paradise are seen as a reward enough.

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A Trip to an Animal Lab

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but did experiment on mice and guinea pigs. Tags: animal experimentation mice Guinea Pigs medical research biotech Well, kind of. It wasn't a full-fledged tour, but disturbing nonetheless. I can't really talk about what I do except that I work in government. In a brief tour of a particular biotech research company, I was taken to the animal lab. They did not experiment on primates (I asked!),

GHANA – Upper Guinea Forest Birding at its best!

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Sadly, though much of the Upper Guinea Forest remains at threat from illegal logging and clearing areas for farming. Chris Townend is an ace birder, keen conservationist, and proprietor of Wise Birding Holidays , a UK company that leads tours to places most of us dream of visiting. Through his extensive travels, Chris has come to know Ghana very well and shares why this West African country should be high on every birder’s bucket list.

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San Francisco Considers Banning Pet Sales

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All companion animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards would be considered as pets. Pet sales would be banned altogether, except for the sale of pet fish. If it passes, San Francisco residents would have to go to a shelter or rescue group to adopt an animal. Sounds good, but I just don't believe this will pass. It would set a national precedent, even if it is San Francisco.

Finally. Jasmine the Greyhound

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She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.” The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits. I received this steadily for a month or two and still find it heartwarming. And for all of you naysayers, it was verified by Snopes. *

University of Utah Cited by Dept. of Agriculture

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A kitten died from dehydration as a result of too much medication, individual primates were neglected for days at a time, mice and Guinea pig cages were found to be overcrowded, and calves may have been exposed to painful situations for too long, but University of Utah officials maintain that none of the most recent animal-testing violations, released Wednesday by the United States Department of Agriculture, were intentional.

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Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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Huntingdon used mostly mice and rats , but also some dogs, monkeys, fish and guinea pigs , in its research in New Jersey. It was a 2-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals. From the Philadelphia Inquirer. Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests.

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"Zoo from Hell" Owner Convicted in New York

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The animals included ducks, chickens, guinea hens, rabbits, sheep, dogs and cats. And people wonder why I'm so disappointed by humans. A farm-animal breeder who ran what a prosecutor called "the zoo from hell" was convicted Tuesday of animal cruelty. A jury in West Haverstraw deliberated less than two hours before convicting Robert Everle of all 13 charges of torturing, injuring and starving animals.

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USDA Issues Warning Letter to Oregon National Primate Research Center

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In December, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a warning letter to the primate center for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates treatment of many commercial animals from pet kittens to laboratory guinea pigs. PETA has filed complaints about this place for years, but it's the first warning they've actually generated.

Pets Add Life; Baby’s Story

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Oh, and if you want to watch something funny be sure to check out their video, Pet Interviews- Guinea Pig. I didn’t know it when I first saw those big, black, eyes staring back at me. I had no idea what this little dog would mean to our family, the only thing I did know was that she was meant to be ours, and she was going to make sure that happened. Well, it turns out her job was to bring my father’s smile back!

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Panama top the list.

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Southwest Primate Center "Celebrates" 10 Years

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And let's not forget the required sanctimonious quote from an animal researcher “Our primates are essential partners in medical progress, as are mice, rats, guinea pigs and opossums. This place is celebrating its 10th year with ground-breaking research into what makes us all fat. By destroying the health of baboons with fast food. Fast food is bad for you? Really?)

Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

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I got my first pets, mice and guinea pigs, when I was 8. For these folks, I recommend a nontraditional pet like a rat or a guinea pig. Guinea pigs also do not bite, unlike hamsters and gerbils which can tend to be nippy. Choosing the right pet for your child is key. By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM. Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet.

Have You Considered Keeping Goats as Pets?

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Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, along with hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs also being amongst the favourites. Have you considered keeping goats as pets? Those wanting a more unusual choice may perhaps opt for a snake or tarantula, but these aren’t exactly cuddly or cute choices. If you want a slightly unusual pet that has lots of personality and can also be petted, consider keeping a couple of goats. Yes, you can’t keep them inside, but they do make truly great pets.

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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Reachable by direct flights from Portugal, the island country of Sao Tome and Principe lying in the Gulf of Guinea, in the armpit of Africa, has about 140 bird species and 28 endemics – more endemics per square mile than anywhere else on Earth. Island hopping further east lies Papua New Guinea with 870 species, including 38 Birds of Paradise. On the eastern New Guinea (within PNG) there are 29 endemics, plus 54 at the Bismarcks and the Admiralties, plus 4 more at the Bougainville.

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Reasons to Choose a Pet-Friendly Retirement Community

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And no matter what pet you own — be it a snake, a turtle, a ferret, a hamster or guinea pig, an aquarium full of exotic fish, or perhaps an iguana — you want to be sure that your senior living community supports your pet living there. Not all retirement communities are created equal. And while many are similar, there are always certain things that set the best ones apart from the rest. One of these things is how the retirement community regards its residents owning pets.

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12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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Located in the Gulf of Guinea (the “armpit” of Africa), Sao Tome and Principe doesn’t only have a decent number of species overall, but with 28 endemics (staggering 18% of the total), it has a higher endemism level than the Galapagos! The other African destinations in this list are quite interesting too (Mauritius, Comoros, Cabo Verde), perhaps all but Equatorial Guinea due to complicated logistics of visiting the Bioko Island, poor infrastructure and political instability.

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Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach.

Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

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The speaker turned out to be Tim Laman, and the topic was the incredible research he and Ed Scholes had spent years doing on birds of paradise in New Guinea. They’re not, but their connection through geography (the corner of the universe that encompasses New Guinea and Australia) and complex, cinematic courtship behavior makes their combination in this book rational, even brilliant. Be careful how you Google ‘bird of paradise’!

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Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

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In university labs nationwide, scientists inflict spinal-cord injuries on dogs and cats, inject rats with carcinogens, test dangerous drugs on monkeys, and do all kinds of evil things to guinea pigs in the name of scientific research. This is an excellent opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The author, an assistant professor of sociology at Tulane University, poses some important questions. While I don't agree with everything he says, I do think he makes some legitimate points.

Traveling with pets?

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Peggy Frezon, freelance writer and pet lover, has owned dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, hermit crabs, turtles and fish. Guest post By Peggy Frezon , Rensselaer, New York. Lots of people travel over Memorial Day weekend. Whether you’re visiting family or checking out a new vacation spot, does your cat or dog join you? Kelly enjoys coming along to her “grandparents’ &# summer place on a mountain lake.

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Smoky in the Hearts of the Veterans

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In particular, she was discovered on February 1944, at the height of World War II, by Americans in New Guinea. One can only imagine how vivid and extreme her life has become, including the 150 air attacks on New Guinea and Okinawa typhoon. Dogs, as well as cats, are considered the most popular and delighting pets all over the world. However, sometimes it is difficult to recognize them just as pets, which preserve silence and follow their masters almost everywhere.

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Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

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The family Picathartidae consists of two very unusual birds; White-necked or Yellow-headed Picathartes , endemic to the Upper Guinea forests of West Africa; and Gray-necked or Red-headed , restricted to Lower Guinea forests of Central Africa. They also occur in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Guinea. Photo by Markus Lilje (Rockjumper Birding Tours) Further to the south, the Gray-necked or Red-headed Picathartes has a wider range along the Gulf of Guinea.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Papua (western, Indonesian part of New Guinea – the 2nd largest island in the world) has 680 species (data fatbirder.com). What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Having more than 2500 bird species, including over 850 endemics (480 in Indonesia alone), Southeast Asia stretches roughly from the easternmost Himalayan slopes in Myanmar and the palm-fringed beached of Thailand all the way to the ridiculously colourful Birds of Paradise of New Guinea, which Phoebe Snetsinger described: “I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that when you do, you see things like the birds-of-paradise.”

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Pawliday Giveaway for Small Dogs #PetSmart

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PetSmart has a full line of holiday items for your pet (they even have things for fish and guinea pigs!). We have some adorable goodies to share with a lucky small dog today. The items in the photo come from the Disney line and are simply adorable. The sweater and the tee are both size small, perfect for a small dog or puppy. The toy squeaks too. We want to send this to one lucky reader to help make your holidays a bit cuter (and to help your pup stay warm)!

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Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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But he’s got stiff competition, including peers working to save Tree Kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, Sumatran Orangutans in Indonesia, and Snow Leopards in Pakistan. Sparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count. The Whitley Awards , bestowed by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature, have been dubbed the “Green Oscars” for their role in recognizing and supporting grassoots-based conservationists in developing countries.

The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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’s Birds of New Guinea notes that the species is often seen moving in “high-flying flocks,” and Coates and Bishop’s Bird of Wallacea declares, “this species has suffered greatly from human predation and is now generally scarce to very rare.” The bird’s skeleton bears similarities to New Guinea’s much smaller (!) The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon.

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Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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Other than these, in the wider region at the moment only Papua New Guinea has one 300+ hotspot, but it belongs to the Australian and not the Oriental region.

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Others Reasons to Visit Cassowary House

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Cassowary House isn’t just a place to rest your head with some birds, it is also the headquarters of Sicklebill Tours, famous for it’s jaunts to New Guinea. Guide and owner Phil Gregory knows his New Guinea birds so well that he was tapped to write many of their entries for the massive handbook of the Birds of the World, a difficult task considering how little is known about so many of them.

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Grey-headed Robins

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It is, instead, a member of the Petroicidae, the Australasian robins, a family mostly found in New Guinea and Australia but also reaching here in New Zealand and as far across the Pacific as Fiji. According to my Pizzey and Knight Australian guide, it s restricted to the tropical area around Cairns, mostly in the montane area of the Atherton Tablelands, as well as the island of New Guinea.

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Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list. The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge.

Disneynature Earth Q&A

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I think that’s a wonderful sequence and, again, a real first for us because those birds live on the bottom of the rain forest floor in New Guinea where low light conditions have made it very difficult to capture them on film, but the high sensitivity of the high definition cameras we used really do justice to those extraordinary displays of those very beautiful birds.

Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas

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And seeing a Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas is a heck of a lot easier than travelling to Papua New Guinea! Way back in February when I was enjoying a family-and-friends vacation on New Providence in the Bahamas I wisely hired the best – and the only – bird guide on the island, Carolyn Wardle , for half a day to show me around some of the hotspots and help me find endemics and other species I wanted to see.

Gifts to impress a female friend!

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The duller Bowerbirds in the Bowerbird family produce much more elaborate bowers and the Great Bowerbird is rather dull compared to some of the more colourful Bowerbirds in Papua New Guinea. There are probably a few people right now facing the dilemma of what gift they should buy to impress a female friend! In the north of Australia right now the Great Bowerbirds are also trying to impress some members of the other sex, but rather than venture near any shops they are busy thieving!

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Ethiopia – the roof of Africa, fascinating endemic birds and wildlife and an incredible cultural and historical destination; Namibia , Botswana & Zambia – a fantastic overland tour can combine these three countries boasting vast wildernesses and superb birds and wildlife; and Ghana – the friendliest country in the world and great birding opportunities with Africa’s only rainforest canopy walkway and endangered Upper Guinea endemics.

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Won’t Someone Think Of The Children?

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And I’ve always assumed that the Dusky Moorhen, found in Sulawesi, New Guinea and Australia was basically more of the same, but I was wrong! One of my favourite Monty Python sketches involves a rather enthusiastic documentary into the sordid sex lives of the mollusks. Without ever meaning to I’m afraid a similar base article is being written by me right now for you, so please, send the children away, this isn’t suitable for them.

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Welcome to Carlos Sanchez, Our New South Florida Beat Writer

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A native of southern Florida, Carlos has had a fascination with wildlife as far back as he can remember combined with an unquenchable thirst to learn — the first books he checked out of the library were Beehler’s Birds of New Guinea and Stiles and Skutch’s Birds of Costa Rica. We would like everyone to give a warm welcome to the latest Beat Writer here on 10,000 Birds, Carlos Sanchez.

Africa’s Barbets

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Vieilott’s is an aberrant species occurring in the dry Guinea and Sahelian woodlands south of the Sahara. The final four attractive black backed species are Double-toothed occurring in fig dominated woodlands along the equatorial zone, the similar Bearded in the Guinea savanna woodland zone, Black-backed of the more southerly Miombo woodlands and finally the highly sought-after Black-breasted Barbet.