Pigs Is Pigs?

Whee only just found this but it gave us a good giggle! Walt Disney – Pigs Is Pigs

How whee came to be know as “pigs” is a mystery that only our dear ancestors will ever know the answer to. One idea is that some of our squeaks reminded hoomans of a pig squeal. Whee are shaped quite like pigs too. Whee have a large head compared to our bodies, a short neck, and a rounded rump (yes ’rounded’ Mummy, not fat as you like to say) Also, like pigs, whee do spend most of our of time eating.

Our name sounds much like whee are pigs in many languages. The German word for example is Meerschweinchen, literally “little sea pigs” (sailing ships stopping to get provisions for the New World would pick up groups ofΒ guinea pigs, which provided an easily transportable source of fresh meat. Whee are not to happy about that!). The Welsh term is mochyn cwta (‘little pig’), the French Cochon d’Inde (Indian pig), the Dutch used to call us guinees biggetje (Guinean piglet). In Italian the term is either Porcellino d’India (Little Indian Pig) or Cavia Peruviana (Peruvian Cavy). This is not universal but yes, hoomans do think of us as pigs. Not an insult really. Whee know many pigs who are very nice but whee are not pigs!

The scientific name of our species is Cavia porcellus, with porcellus being Latin for “little pig”. Cavia is derived from Portuguese Γ§avia from the Tupi word sawiya, meaning rat!

The origin of “guinea” in “guinea pig” is even harder to explain, and like the pig part, unknown officially! Whee will leave that for another day. For now, here is a diagram which essentially explains us!


(source: Guinea Pig Zone – click on the pigture to see their page)

Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil


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Tales and adventures from the hutches of British blogging guinea pigs!

Posted on August 8, 2013, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Oh guys it doesn’t matter to me what you are called I think you are actually the species called “cutimus maximus fluffamus” and that works for me πŸ˜‰
    Have a great day sweet ones big hugs Fozziemum xxx

  2. I agree with Fozzimum……you could be called “small cement blocks” and we’d all still love you to pieces….!! That illustration chart is most helpful though – we now know what all the parts are for…you seem perfectly equipped…….. πŸ˜€

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  3. Love the features diagram!

  4. Wow – that’s the de luxe model! And even with four-wheel drive. Cool!

  5. The cartoon must have been the inspiration for the original Star Trek episode of “Tribbles”.

  6. We think you guys are adorable no matter what you’re called. Oh, and if anyone asks, cats is cats, too. Thanks for giving us all that great information. Education is a wonderful thing….at least that’s what Mom keeps telling us!

  7. Very cute video too! Thanks for coming over! Wooowooooo, Ku

  8. I remember seeing that cartoon before I even knew what a guinea pig was. Real cavies are much cuter and — thankfully — don’t breed so fast. Love the diagram. Have a great weekend guys. πŸ™‚

  9. Ack, I can’t believe your ancestors were taken on ships to be eaten, that is awful! If anyone asks you if you want to go on a boat ride, RUN!

  10. One theory of why we are called guinea pigs is that we costed one guinea to by, and when we were eaten (thats shocking! 😦 ) we were layed out like a pig would be. I think its horrible how we are eaten! I think we are called guinea pigs because we are so amazing and are worth guineas!

    • Whee think they came up with a really different name because whee are soo adorable and special. As for the eating. The hoomans wonder why whee take a nibble of their clothes or fingers occasionally!!


  11. That Scottish guy was a little scary!

  12. either way you guys are totally working the cute factor,xx Speedy

  13. Even at the age of 34, I still feel that Disney never disappoints! I’ve never seen guinea pigs in cartoon form…y’all are super adorable even in Technicolor! πŸ˜‰

  14. Hehe….Pellet maker made me laugh. I was missing Nutty and thought I’d look back at some old stuff. I guess I missed this one. Cute and clever diagram of the Cavy2000

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