Where Did The Guinea Pig Come From?

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This article depicts the Domestic Guinea Pig, the cute little pet so common nowadays. via Buzzle.com

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heather morrie

United States

#1 Oct 16, 2007
Were does guinea pig come from
Joni

Fayetteville, NC

#2 Oct 17, 2007
heather morrie wrote:
Were does guinea pig come from
Guinea pigs originated in South America. What we don't know is where the name came from. We know that they were domesticated by Dutch sailors in the 1500s. Some say they are called "pigs" because the sounds they make sound like the sounds pigs make. We really don't know for sure though. The "guinea" part is even more odd. Some say people mistook Guiana, a Dutch colony in South America, and thought they said guinea. One other theory is that they are called "guinea" pigs because the British sold them for one guinea, a unit of money at the time. All of this is speculation of course, but it is very interesting, since the guinea pig is neither from guinea, nor is it a pig.
ashlee

United States

#3 Nov 30, 2011
O k i love my guinea pig
ashlee

El Monte, CA

#4 Nov 30, 2011
He is osum
Flash

Salt Lake City, UT

#5 Dec 3, 2011
The Quechua name is cuey, maybe that sounded like guinea to Europeans. They thought the Quechua word Rimac was pronounced Lima. And the capital city of Peru is still called that. I like guinea pig as well, especially roasted in chile.
Roger Wiggleroom

Old Lyme, CT

#6 Dec 6, 2011
Joni wrote:
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Guinea pigs originated in South America. What we don't know is where the name came from. We know that they were domesticated by Dutch sailors in the 1500s. Some say they are called "pigs" because the sounds they make sound like the sounds pigs make. We really don't know for sure though. The "guinea" part is even more odd. Some say people mistook Guiana, a Dutch colony in South America, and thought they said guinea. One other theory is that they are called "guinea" pigs because the British sold them for one guinea, a unit of money at the time. All of this is speculation of course, but it is very interesting, since the guinea pig is neither from guinea, nor is it a pig.
You sound like you may be on the spectrum. Are you on the spectrum? Or are you just an insufferable know-it-all? I mean the autistic spectrum. I treated autistic kids for years and you sound just like an asperger's kid. Jesus, I hope you are because if you aren't, then I cannot imagine how anyone can stand to be around you.
Mary

Old Lyme, CT

#7 Dec 6, 2011
ashlee wrote:
He is osum
Ashlee, get you back into the trailer and study yer speller. It's "awsom" not "osum."
Flesh

Old Lyme, CT

#8 Dec 6, 2011
Flash wrote:
The Quechua name is cuey, maybe that sounded like guinea to Europeans. They thought the Quechua word Rimac was pronounced Lima. And the capital city of Peru is still called that. I like guinea pig as well, especially roasted in chile.
Flash, you're a feckin eejit. Only a wee tord like yourself would know (or care) that the Quechuan word for guinea pig is whatever it is. What a dork.

“I am Bear Claw Chris Lapp”

Since: Nov 11

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#9 Dec 6, 2011
Roger Wiggleroom wrote:
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You sound like you may be on the spectrum. Are you on the spectrum? Or are you just an insufferable know-it-all? I mean the autistic spectrum. I treated autistic kids for years and you sound just like an asperger's kid. Jesus, I hope you are because if you aren't, then I cannot imagine how anyone can stand to be around you.
SEEING how this is an anthro forum and his details were on topic, I thought it was very concise,germain and funny...they usually deep fry the rodents in oil of some kind.. better than spouting nonsence about allah.

“I am Bear Claw Chris Lapp”

Since: Nov 11

Location hidden

#10 Dec 6, 2011
unlike several posters here, i have worked in the and love the anthro field..
Bandy Firouzl

Old Lyme, CT

#11 Dec 7, 2011
futhark wrote:
unlike several posters here, i have worked in the and love the anthro field..
Okay, you are officially a feckin eejit AND a three-star loser. I went to the site where they list your posts; you can't even spel! Let me guess -- you worked in the "anthro field" -- did they trust you with a shovel? I'm guessing you probably got the grad students coffee, and you probably got that wrong. The amazing thing is is how hard it is to troll this site, the posters are all such know-nothing knuckleheads, so its troll, troll, troll all the long day and look at all the thanks I get: nothing. What's the world coming to?

“We are what we think!!!!!!!!!!”

Since: Aug 08

Anger has no eyes!

#13 Dec 7, 2011
Mine came from petsmart. They originated in Andes regions in S America.
Vondi

Old Lyme, CT

#14 Dec 9, 2011
Perhaps the more important question is, "Where did the guinea pig go?"
Sarah

Ballwin, MO

#15 Nov 18, 2012
Mary wrote:
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Ashlee, get you back into the trailer and study yer speller. It's "awsom" not "osum."
Y'all are both wrong. It's awesome. Not "awsom" or "osum."
Dick Farthing

Old Lyme, CT

#16 Nov 19, 2012
Sarah wrote:
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Y'all are both wrong. It's awesome. Not "awsom" or "osum."
Well said, Sarah, you insufferable little turd.

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