Happy Weekend: Gratuitous guinea pig swimming pool playtime photo


I don't know anything about the origin of this photograph, or who shot it. But I love it. (Thanks, Tara McGinley; via Picture This via kraftfuttermischwerk.de via Publique)


    1. My guinea pigs loved the water! They always got happy when I gave them a warm bath!

  1. Y’know, if they could float on their backs and learn to hold a can of beer upright on their bellies…

  2. In Peru you can select your “Cuy” or Guinea Pig to eat, just like choosing a live lobster at a Seafood Resto! Well, you would have to come back later that evening to eat…yummm.

  3. Having raised many guinea pig litters I can tell you that guineas can swim as baby piglets and take to the water very well just a few days after birth. They float and dog paddle while holding their snouts above the surface and enjoy a little dip. They prefer water that is shallow enough for them to stand in where they can sit on their haunches and clean themselves. I highly recommend them as pets.

  4. I can provide some additional lineage for this photo up to a point:
    -Someone originally posted it on 2chan’s “Animals that are not cats or bugs” Board (http://up.2chan.net/d/futaba.htm)
    -I sort of puzzled over it and reposted it to my ‘blog’ (http://dogproblem.tumblr.com/)
    -Which was then picked up Picture This, I am assuming.

    It sure is strange seeing things I sifted off japanese image boards end up on here.

  5. So freaking cute! I love the the belly with two colors the most. Makes me want to clap some fresh romaine lettuce near them just to hear the squeaks and purrs.

  6. It looks like the cooks were thinking ahead when they made so much brine. I’ll bet they can brine several dozen before they have to top up.

    MMMMmmmmmm, Guinea Pig. Of course, a Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) will feed a few more people each, but they’re nowhere near as easy to work with.

    1. They look pretty content. If they didn’t like the water I think they’d act more like my cats the few times I gave them a bath – scratching and clawing the hell out of me just to get out of there. The guinea pig on the left is barely being held and isn’t squirming away, so yeah, I guess they like it.

    2. I don’t know if they like water, but I know from experience that they *hate* being held belly-up.

  7. Looks like innovative empathy training for children to me.
    As we all know, empathy doesn’t really develop until later in childhood and so exercises such as this are invaluable.

    1. We call it Voight-Kampff for short.

      You’re holding a guinea pig in a kiddie pool of water, and it’s really not all that happy about it. Why aren’t you taking your pig out and drying him off with a towel, Leon?

  8. Why do so many jerks ALWAYS have to point out that some people eat guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.?

    It is SO annoying how many times when I mention my love for my rabbits in an obvious context of being companion animals, a good percentage of folk have to mention “you know you can eat rabbits. derp derp derp” NO, REALLY??? wow, I have NEVER heard that before…. *sigh*

    How would you folks like when you are mentioning your cat or dog I point out that in some places, people eat those too and go into great detail about it? (just like I have experienced with my bunnies)

    so disrespectful and annoying and very cliche’ to people that really do love their guinea pig or rabbit as a PET and not MEAT…

    1. Om nom nom nom.

      Seriously, I wouldn’t care or get upset by it. Not sure why you do.

    2. Nature should have considered your feelings before it made all the delicious animals adorable.

      So what if people eat rabbits? Are they eating YOUR rabbits? I didn’t think so. Get on with it.

      1. Oh please, anon has a point. People usually don’t go around telling people how good dogs or cats taste when someone posted a lolcat, but it’s common with guinea pigs and rabbits. It’s nosy bad taste and intended to provoke a reaction.

  9. Cos bOing bOing is a haven for sanity and humanity, and the idea of trolls here is disgusting.

    Me gusta!

  10. dude the troll food is worse than the troll imho, what so hard not to understand about not feeding them? anyway the picture awesome all the cute stuff cheers me up thanks for all the positive cute stuff cant get enough.

  11. That’s really interesting that they don’t look stressed out at all. My friend had a pair of g-pigs that would constantly fight until she learned that if you bathe them together, the sheer trauma causes them to bond. She tried it, and apparently it worked like a charm!

  12. Could be worse.

    At dinner one night, friend in college was telling me of his happy memories of visiting his grandparents in Boliva when he was little. He especially enjoyed playing with all the guinea pigs in the room just off the kitchen.

    Then he paused, thought for a moment, and said “Those weren’t pets, were they?”

  13. It’s the GPSST (Guinea Pig Synchronized Swim Team) getting ready to work on a new routine.

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