RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two guinea pigs were found loose in the grounds of a Cardiff school.
They both found in the grounds of Springwood Junior and Infant School in Llanedeyrn on Thursday morning (27 January) at around 7.45am.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “The two guinea pigs – one black and white, and the other tan and white – were found running loose in the grounds. It is unknown if they were dumped or had just escaped from their owners.
“They were damp from being out in the rain and needed drying but otherwise in reasonable health, with no obvious injuries. It was lucky that they had been spotted as they would have not been able to fend for themselves out in the wild on their own.
“We are appealing for information to try and find their owners, and find out what happened to them.”
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Guinea pig Factfile
Guinea pigs, or ‘cavies’, are social animals with a compact, rounded body shape, short legs and no tail.
They originate from the grasslands and lower slopes of the Andes Mountains in South America. Guinea pigs are active up to 20 hours per day and sleep only for short periods.
Guinea pigs are social animals. In the wild they live in close family groups of 5 – 10 individuals, though several groups may live in close proximity to form a colony.
Guinea pigs’ diet needs to be supplemented with plenty of vitamin C, as they lack the enzyme needed to synthesise vitamin C and can only store vitamin C for short periods.