Don’t believe everything you’re told: Or, lessons from the pig cage

guinea pig
Alice aims for adventure.

I’ve been pretty serious here for the last few days, and while I’m sure there are much more serious posts that I could write, today, I’m going to share what I recently learned from one of our guinea pigs, Alice.

(Note: If you’ve never heard guinea pigs wheeking, take a quick peek at this video.)

Up until about two weeks ago, when we went to Vermont, I would have told you that Alice was one of our most docile guinea pigs. She likes to be cuddled and she was relatively quiet while the others love to scream for their vegetables.

But, for the past two weeks, this little piggie has been one of the loudest wheekers in the house. She’s been begging a lot more, including sticking her nose as far as she can through the bars of their cage, stretching herself more and more.

The other night, Sarah and I were working out at home, we heard wheeking… it was kind of like excited, we’re getting snacks wheeking, but more persistent. (If that could be possible.) We look over and Sarah’s like, “Um, is Alice off the ground?” My first thought was, “She’s yelling at Moo Cow. Why?” (another of the pigs).

All I had seen was Alice’s little mouth opening and closing in time with the sound, as though she were yelling at Moo. What Sarah saw is not supposed to be possible.

Alice had snugged herself between the cage and their pigloo and was starting to climb up the side of the cage. All four of her paws were off the ground. Now, keep in mind that we had been told that guinea pigs can’t climb. But Alice had never heard this, so she was trying something new.

She didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to be able to do this. She just did it.

On the other hand, she could totally be a secret agent and we’re impeding her ability to save the world.

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4 thoughts on “Don’t believe everything you’re told: Or, lessons from the pig cage

  1. […] Don’t believe everything you’re told: Or, lessons from the pig cage Visible and Real discovers that guinea pigs don’t always do what you think they will. “She didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to be able to do this. She just did it.” Something for us humans to consider. […]

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