The Biggest Loser’s Davina McCall Makes Decision Over Second Guinea Pig
The guinea pig, now named Harley, was for Davina’s youngest daughter, Holly, who is 10 years old. The Twitter flurry began when Davina, 44, posted a picture of Harley at the pet store. Less than 24 hours later she posted that she would be purchasing a second guinea pig.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that, “Davina received scores of messages – and 18 retweets – after she announced she’d bought a guinea pig. But after some pretty harsh words from a few of her tweeps claiming it was cruel to only get one, she rang the shop for a second opinion.”
What is the truth behind this argument? Most rescues and shelters support the idea that two or more guinea pigs should be kept together because the animals live naturally in social groups. It is also important to spay or neuter guinea pigs kept together of the opposite sex to prevent any unwanted breeding and control the pet population. The old idea that guinea pigs and bunnies should be kept together is frowned upon by contemporary guinea pig enthusiasts.
Some pet stores support the idea of guinea pigs being kept in pairs or groups as well but information at the point of sale is not always available to interested buyers. This is a point of frustrations for many rescue volunteers and shelter workers and thus leads to arguments like the one involving Davina McCall on Twitter. High profile people have the opportunity to set a good example to a broader audience than animal welfare workers may be able to reach alone.
The Daily Mirror reports, “Her main concern was breeding.” Unwanted breeding is a concern for many owners in her situation. Pet stores don’t always properly sex their guinea pigs so it can easily grow out of hand when you have babies having babies before you know what to do.
[media-credit name="Guinea Pig Today" align="alignleft" width="519"][/media-credit]Here at Guinea Pig Today, we suggest adopting a second guinea pig from a rescue or shelter. Those who know the personality of guinea pigs that need a home can set a “speed dating” session so guinea pigs like Harley can select a friend of their liking. It might be a boy or a spayed girl guinea pig, but the best part of working with a rescue or shelter is also adopting a community of support for the lifetime of your pet. Animal welfare volunteers will give you all you need to know to support your pets in a long, happy life. You’ll also be supporting a great cause by giving an unwanted guinea pigs a second chance at a new home.
Davina McCall chose to get support from the pet shop where she purchased Harley. It appears they offered her a “speed dating” session as well. She tweeted to her followers on April 7, “I love our guinea pig sooo much. Have spoken to the store and am going to “hutchmate” him with a few boys. See how they get on in the store.” The pet store suggested getting another guinea pig of the same sex. The Daily Mail reports, “Davina didn’t want a small army of guinea pigs roaming the house but, happily, the professional advice was that Cavia porcellus prefer to be coupled with a member of the same sex.”
Harley now has a younger step-brother and her Twitter followers have settled down. Are they happy with her decision? Jackie Burlison posted a comment on The Daily Mirror that read, “Shame she didn’t go for rescued guineas. There are scores out there in sanctuaries wanted homes. Don’t encourage breeders.”
We don’t know the reasons behind the decisions she made, however we’d like to know what you think of Davina McCall choice. Let us know in the comments below.
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