Wild Guinea Pigs of Newstead Abbey

While I was in the shop yesterday Eddie showed me a picture of wild guinea pigs in Newstead Abbey country park. They seem to have moved on, or become a succulent part of the food chai,n as he hasn’t seen them since.

~The Wild Guinea Pigs Of Newstead~


I pasted the link but it added the picture – not sure how that happens. Clicking the photo seems to link back to the site, but I’m a bit suspiciousvof all this modern technology.

If you search for Wild Guinea Pigs of Newstead Abbey you will find his site, with many insect photos.

He’s wasted taking picures of coins for ebay.

23 thoughts on “Wild Guinea Pigs of Newstead Abbey

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  2. Clare Pooley

    Reading higgledypiggledymom’s comment reminded me of a friend of my parents who came from Sierra Leone. He visited one day and shocked us children by asking if we were fattening our guinea pigs up for the pot. Most definitely not! They were eaten eventually, not by us but by a couple of foxes.

  3. Laurie Graves

    I suppose someone just got tired of them and let them go. This, of course, is one way invasive species take hold, but your post indicates that there are no more guinea pigs at the Newstead Abbey.

      1. Lavinia Ross

        I love guinea pigs, but agree they don’t belong in the ecosystem here or in England. Hamsters often get let go in the wild, and I read come with a $500 fine in Florida.

      2. Lavinia Ross

        Hamsters originated in Syria, and can hibernate. A single hamster can store 60 lbs of grain in its burrow, so I read in my book on hamsters when I was a youngster. The gestation period for a Syrian hamster is only 16 days.

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