Yesterday, when we went and gave fresh grass to the guinea pigs and rabbits, Essy (our female cavy) came out of the burrow about half her previous size, and she had been HUGE.
We opened up the burrow lid and sure enough there was a huddle of very cute newborns. There had been 9 in total, but 3 had died, still in their birth sack. 9 is an enormous litter size for a guinea pig, and the literature we’ve read says that 4 is the ideal number for best survival rates.
One very cute thing to mention, cucumber ends is one one of Essy’s favorite treats from the kitchen scraps we give them, and yesterday, she carried the only cucumber into the burrow for her babies to eat. What a great mom!