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Jul 17, 2007

Petable peegs in a trough

Alert reader Spencer S. sent this one in. Apparently, in Kichijoji, Japan, there's a petting zoo/vat o' Guinea pigs that are very accustomed to pettin' and cuddlin'.

The best part is when it's time to eat, one side of the vat is lifted [see movie below] releasing a guinea pig DELUGE... weeeeeeee!


[amazing amount of snortingks]



Spencer S., nice work—I like the photos/movie submission combo. Multimedia-riffic.

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aaaw i wana lie there on the ground with all of them around me.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:40 PM

when my brother was 5 or so, he fell into such a pen. the piggies all squeakily crowded around him (guess they're bolder in numbers) and my mom scooped him out. i wonder what they were going to do?

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:40 PM

And thus the wave of Guinea Pigs broke upon the unsuspecting huddles of food waiting below, in a surging tide of white and orange and brown.

LOVEly guinea pigs... so plump and glossy!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:42 PM

Tidal wave of piggies. I like this kind of natural diaster. I want to join in the fun....

Chris B.
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:42 PM

guinea piggie stampede!!! jippiiie. oh they look so healthy and happy. that pal in the first pic who shows off his foot is my favourite!!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:44 PM

Run fur yer lives its a stampigge!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:49 PM

I like the guinea pig deluge. But isn't it kind of inhumane to keep them crowded in like that all day?

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:51 PM

piggles are too cute. these all look like the brothers and sisters of my own guinea piggle, pocket.

but do they really only feed the piggles once a day? :O poor things, they must be ravenous throughout the day/night!

pocket has to eat every hour. if not, he makes these ear-piercing squeaks like he's starving to death: "mom! mom! mom! food!"

and i'm like, "yeah, yeah..."

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:57 PM

omg so many of htem in one place... O_O

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Holy cow, I hope those piggles are fixed! So much canoodling might ensure more piggles to come :P

Also, this is similar to how guinea pigs meant for food are kept. Only they'd be outside. Guinea pigs are social herd animals, so while this is a bit crowded, the pigs are probably happier having buddies than being all alone.

R. Moore
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 12:59 PM

If y'all were in any doubt about the "OVERLOAD" part of our name...

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:00 PM

Piggies say REE REE REE when they're hungry. We always called them REE REE's when I was a kid.

They can also bite the heck out of ya if they're mad, they got mad chompers goin' on.

Carrie - Hamster Defender
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:00 PM

LJ, guinea pigs should generally be fed only once or maybe twice a day. They need lots of hay and fresh fruit or veggies with vitamin C, though, so as long as you give something different each time it's not a huge problem. Just gotta watch that piggie's weight. Sure they'll whine, but often that habit can be fixed with some good old fashioned play and love time.

R. Moore
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:01 PM

madcat: actually, that's the very first thing that struck me. but overall they look like (relatively) healthy, disease-free piglets. and they don't appear to be fighting (no cuts or wounds on any of them). and their pen is spotlessly clean. so in the sum of things, i suppose it could be worse.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:02 PM

I don't think they are left like that all the time

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:03 PM

Peeps, I need your help:

Is it wrong that I want to belly flop into that pen? Is it?

Nice Christine
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:05 PM

AHHH!!!! :)
I was just going to e-this to you!


That's the big piggie's Grandbaby!

C Ceres Merry
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:08 PM

r.moore: we feed pocket fresh veges (and sometimes a fruity treat) only twice a day. but he always has dry food on hand. and he does seem to need a nibble of the dry food every hour or he gets really hungry. so even when i'm playing with him, which is like 5 hours out of 24 (spoilt little thing! :) i have a couple of his piggle pellets/biscuits on hand for munchers.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:08 PM

STAMPEED.....Head for the Hills!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:09 PM

There are laws against "puppy mills", when will there be laws against "guinea pig mills"

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:15 PM

That's ALOT of peeggies! Cute but they look like they need more space in that box.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:19 PM

Leap not to conclusions, peeps. Two still photos of them in their petting-pen do not necessarily mean that they are confined in said pen 24/7. And how does a movie of them being fed mean they are only fed once a day?

The piggies look healthy and well-loved. I'm sure their wild equivalents would love a sweet gig like being petted and fed in a predator-free place.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:23 PM

I'm a piggy big and chubby what can I eat?
Hay and pellets fruits and veggies, Vitamin C!
I sleep I poop I don't wear pants no shoes on my feet,
I feel great and every day it's all about me!

I have got my people trained to feed me all day,
Rub my back and praise me, feed me Timothy Hay!
Guinea Piggin' can you dig it, lets's dance and say,
Everyone should live their life the Guinea Pig Way!



Yes, my name is really Cricket
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:25 PM

Piggie stampede!!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:25 PM

Ok, I can die now.

Actually, no. First, I want to lie down in that pen with all the piggies.

Then die.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:26 PM

Dammit, Cricket, that song is an earworm! I had almost succeeded in forgetting about it, but NO, you had to bring it up! : )

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:28 PM

Man, I know my cousin has a little dog barely bigger than a guinea pig and they have a bark collar for him. You'd think maybe they could make one for piggies. All that squealing O.o Maybe my friend who hates barking could patent one.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:28 PM

loves how they head straight for the veg. no carbs for me thanks, i'll have a turnip. good little piglets.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:29 PM

awwwww... I wanna be in that picture!!! I wanna pet'em

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:35 PM

HelP HelP It's the running of the guinea pigs. Was anyone gored in the mad dash for food?

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:37 PM

super adorable! <33

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:39 PM

LJ: yeah, that is one thing I noted. They do look healthy and happy. And I guess if they were kept in stressful conditions they wouldn't be safe for little children to handle them.

Jaye: good point.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:41 PM

I just hope they are not going to eat these cute piggies!!!

Catman Dude =^-.-^=
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:46 PM

And they do have plenty of water. Also I took a closer look at the picture. Many of them are grooming themselves. That is usually the sign of a contented animal.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:46 PM

Moooooooom (whiney voice) Alexis is hoggin the piggeh pillows again!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:46 PM

I like hearing the kids laughing when the piggies are released and running for the food. Has to be more than a once-a-day feeding, because I bet the visitors love to watch that, just like we do. I've already watched the video 3 times!

Go Piggles!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:53 PM

*dives into pile of piggies... because in my fantasy world the piggies are sort of like squeaky toys/plushies and wouldn't be injured at all by this...*

This is SOOOOO Rule#9: Piles of a cute thing jack up a cuteness rating exponentially. It may, in act, be the very definition of Rule #9. All the piggle noise is a bonus.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:53 PM

I watched it again! This time I noticed a lot of "Awwwwwwwwww!" noises in the background. Clearly people love these little cavies.

Thats my last comment on this, I promise.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:55 PM

madcat, awww come on I betcha got at least one more comment in there?
aren't the piggehs worth it?

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 01:58 PM

Wow o-O I just want to be standing in the way when they're all let out for the food X) Ahaha. I'd get like murdered by Pigs.

Yeah, they look happy and well fed (there's definately enough food there). So I'm not going to worry. Usually I'd be all 'Ohmigodthey'reallcraamped!" But no =P They look happy. You can tell by their standing up and begging XD If they hated it there, they probably wouldn't be all that... gleeful... Ahaha. Gleeful...

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:00 PM

Vat o' Guinea pigs! Love it!!!!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:11 PM

So the first thing I thought was "It's the running of the pigs." Unfortunately, someone else was equally clever AND faster than me. Incidentally, the squealing of the guinea pigs scared my dog. =)

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:14 PM

I have seen Heaven.

That is all. :)

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:19 PM

This reminds me of when I was driving around in Australia, and passed what looked like an open field, and the ground seemed to be moving. The field was full of rabbits, and I mean FULL.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:21 PM

I wish I could have seen how big my eyes got when I clicked on CO and found this - I want the piggehs!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:22 PM

Cuteness Theory and Philosophy 101:
today's essay:
Is a Box o'Piggehs more fun than a Barrel of Monkeys?
Compare and contrast.
Bonus points: If a Piggy squeeks in the middle of the forest can you hear it?

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:35 PM

It's like the start of the NYC Marathon, but a LOT cuter!

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 02:43 PM

My bunnies do this when I let them out of the critter room when I clean. They all wait at the gate and then it is a tidal wave of ears and feets.

Chris B.
 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 03:00 PM

This reminds me of the news footage you see every year of the crazed shoppers bursting into Wal Mart on the day after Thanksgiving sales.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 03:04 PM

"Ben, the two of us need look no more. We both foudn what we were looking for!" Oh wait...that's about rats.

 |  Jul 17, 2007 at 03:04 PM

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