Reach For The Stars
No whee are not quoting a cheesy pop song or trying to give some motivational speech, whee are actually on about guinea pigs and space travel! This is something Mummy heard about in a paper she read about the history of guinea pigs and has researched to find out more!
Whee guinea piggies are not famous for our space journeys, but whee beat you hoomans into space by about 34 days. The first space travelling guinea piggy went into space on March the 9th 1961 with a dog named Chernushka, a dummy cosmonaut named Ivan Ivanovich, and an assortment of mice and reptiles. Ivan safely parachuted back to earth, and, thankfully, the animals also made it back alive. Sadly, some of the first animals into space weren’t so lucky.
However the first hooman in space was on April the 12th 1961. Oddly, while Major Yuri Gagarin received a promotion and was given the important sounding title of Hero of the Soviet Union for his achievement, there is no record of similar honours for the first guinea piggy in space.
This is not good! Whee cannot even find a single pigture of this brave soul that took one small step for a guinea pig, but one big leap for cavy kind! I have decided, given my good looks and general intelligence I may be descended from this first piggy in space. And it’s with that in mind that I show the following pigtures!
Have you every wished to join the space race? Do you think piggies should be recognized and
my great great great great great great grandpig that first cavy in space remembered?!
Posted on August 20, 2013, in Piggy Blogs and tagged animals in space, cavies, cavy, cute, first animals in space, first animals to travel in space, first cavy in space, funny, guinea pig, guinea pig in space, guinea pigs, guinea pigs beat humans into space, guinea pigs in space, rocket animals, small furries, small furry, space travel animals, the first guinea pig in space. Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.