How Do We Call A Baby Guinea Pig? Baby Guinea pigs are called pups. Sows have a gestation period of 59 to 72 days and give birth to litters of three or four babies on average, although they can have as many as 13 babies at one time.
What is guinea pig birth called? Newborn guinea pigs, also known as “pups” or “young”, are very well developed at birth (birth weight 50-100 grams or 1.75-3.5 ounces). Pups are born fully furred with teeth and open eyes. The young are able to crawl within minutes, stand shortly after birth, and walk and groom within a day.
Can you hold baby guinea pigs? They will be feeling a bit tender and very protective of their babies after the birth, so it’s best to leave them alone for a month afterwards too. Baby guinea pigs should not be held at all for at least one week after birth, and must always be handled very gently.
Why guinea pig is called pig? Guinea pigs originated from the Andes mountains of Peru and are actually rodents, not pigs like the name implies. Many also believe the “pig” portion of the name comes from their squeaking noise that reminded people of baby piglets.