Can Guinea Pigs Learn?
Our newest guinea pig, Broccoli, didn’t seem like much of a learner at first. He has a cage right next to the girls so he can see what they do. He didn’t seem to like to eat carrots at first, just like Buffy, but I assumed he would learn to like them from watching the girls. He didn’t. At best, he’ll nibble on carrots curiously before quickly deciding they are not for him. However, he did recently demonstrate his capacity to learn by watching as well. On my blog, Cavy Savvy, I recently posted about how Lola and Buffy are big fans of getting liquid vitamin C in a syringe, but Broccoli just never cared for having a syringe shoved in his face. In the post, I showed how he loved vitamin C in tablet form, and I expected that’s how we would give him vitamin C from that point on. However, since then, I’ve tried using the syringe again, and he gobbles it up just as enthusiastically as Lola and Buffy do. I can only assume the change in attitude came from watching Lola and Buffy each night reacting to the vitamin C syringe like kids ripping open their Christmas presents.
I suppose you can lead a piggy to carrots, but you can’t make them eat them. Broccoli is certainly capable of learning from others, and of making up his own mind about what he likes.
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