Those of you who have been with us awhile may remember that last year, while on holiday, Mummy encountered something at a zoo which made her blood boil. She proceeded to make her feelings known and brought it up on here. The zoo was keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together, a recipe for disaster according to most knowledgeable vets, owners and those concerned with welfare.

So as the start of our campaign to get them to change whee emailed and shared what information whee could on here. Our first post dealt with Banham Zoo who had gained Mummy’s attention on the visit. Despite our best efforts, they insisted they were right and the local papers were not interested in helping us. Our next was a follow up with a comment from the RSPCA on why this was not a good idea.

IMG_2708Still Mummy did not get the answer she wanted from the zoo and everything went quiet. But following messages from local readers Mummy was tipped off and told to visit. What she saw meant she has not stopped grinning ever since.

The guinea pigs and rabbits are now in separate enclosures at Banham Zoo. Whee are absolutely thrilled that they have listened and taken steps to protect the animals in their care as recommended.

The  animals all looked happier and healthier and the guinea pigs were out running around for pigtures instead of cowering under hutches as they had on the previous visit. Three of them are pigtured, left, as they popcorned and made a piggy train round their enclosure when they heard a keeper arrive with their veggies!

It’s times like these whee can all share the sense of achievement in knowing that through our online ramblings whee made a real difference to the lives of animals.

A small step for that zoo, a massive leap for piggy kind!

What have you done today to make you feel proud? ^_^

Happy Tuesday efurryone

Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil


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Posted on August 12, 2014, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. That was great, that your momma gave the piggies and the rabbits a voice. YAY! That’s really a reason to feel proud and to feel as a winner.

  2. Bravo mummy…what a great victory indeed and they look so happy…see every voice makes a big one…I think mummy should be very proud indeed 🙂 hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

  3. YAY for your Mummy!! That’s such good news. It’s always nice to know that you’ve made a positive change. (As you know from today’s blog post, Motor Mommy is fired up right now about bad language on tv….not sure if she’ll cause any changes to take place, but she’s sure letting them know that she doesn’t think it’s right!)

  4. Well done to mum and she helped educate. Bravo. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. I have never seen guinea pigs or rabbits in the zoos I have visited here in the states but that doesn’t mean some zoos don’t have them. I was as shocked as you all were that they would keep them together. Even our pet stores don’t do that.
    Very proud of you guys! You raised the wheek until the zoo changed things. Shame on that zoo for saying they didn’t care what the RSPCA said. If they treated small animals like that how do they treat the larger ones.
    You are my little heroes!!
    Carma Poodale

  6. BRAVO for your Mummy…….when you first blogged about that issue we just knew that whoever thought it was OK for the two species to be together was crazy……they apparently won’t ADMIT they were, but the fact they changed things means they HEARD YOU!! YAY!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  7. Each battle won is a great feeling and a step in the right direction for the next one! Well done 😀

  8. This is awesome!! Stand your ground is what I say. So awesome that you took a stand! XOXO – Bacon

  9. What have we done? It’s not even 7:30 and we just woke up. I’m not SuperDog..

  10. rockin awesum oh yur mum doodz !!! just goes ta show de smallest oh voices can still be hurd de loudest ♥

  11. We are so proud to be friends with all of you and Mommy. Mommy Amy is simply the BEST! And what a WIN to change how a public zoo cares for their inhabitants

  12. Well done to your mummy xx

  13. What a great thing for you to effect this change. Those sure look like cute and happy piggies. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  14. Well done! It’s so great when speaking out really makes a difference!

  15. Well done! It’s a shame the zoo didn’t take it upon themselves to properly research their enclosures. But glad they finally took notice.

  16. Way to go!!!!!! It is wonderful you gave them a voice!!!!!

  17. Yes a very wonderful Victory and we are all yelling and applauding your Mommy.

  18. Well done to your mum!

  19. Woohoo way to go Mum!Yeah!She’s the mum!xxx Speedy

  20. Hooray! That is wonderful news. 🙂 I am so proud of your mummy for speaking up. How will anything ever change unless we do?! 🙂 Today, I parallel-parked for the very first time all by myself. I have been frustrated for a long time. I finally put my mind to it and did it! (Not without, going up on the curb first, though. Ha!) Have a terrific Thursday! xoxoxoxo

    • Yay, congratulations. That’s a great achievement. Mummy can’t drive at all yet so she is furry impressed and they won’t let us drive because our paws don’t reach the peddles!


  21. You guys have a wonderful mummy, and I am sure that the guinea pigs and rabbits are both much happier with their new arrangement. Congratulations!

  22. Your mummy is the best – one person can make a difference!

  23. Dat be so pawsum. Glad yous kuld help make a diffewence fur da better fur da life of all those involved. 🙂

    Luv ya’


  24. That’s great news! I’m so glad they listened when you persisted.

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