The world’s largest guinea pig lives at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, England. His name is Goya, and he weighs about 20 pounds (9 kilograms). That’s heavier than a toddler!
Worlds largest guinea pig
It was 9 feet long, weighed 700kg or 1,500 pounds, and ate on the lush banks of a South American river 8 million years ago. According to Science today, Phoberomys pattersoni, also known as Goya the big guinea pig, is the world’s biggest rodent.
Guinea pigs are rodents that live in South America and were brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. They have been used as pets, laboratory animals, food for humans, and more recently have become popular as domestic animals. Guinea pig comes from the word “Cuy” which means “little rabbit” in the Quechua language of Andean Peru where they are most commonly found today. As pets, they can be very friendly but require attention, so they don’t get bored or depressed. They also need lots of care since these animals are very prone to many diseases. These rodents should be kept in the house because they are very sensitive to cold weather. They should be given a lot of attention since they are social animals and require mental stimulation games, tunnels, ramps, etc.
He was born on September 22, 2004. He is not really a pig, though. He is a capybara – one of the world’s largest rodents.
Young capybaras grow up with a lot of other capybara babies in a grassy area. They all live together in herds, but Hercules lives by himself at the zoo because he is so big he would hurt the other capybaras if they got close to him.
Goya is the size of a one-and-a-half full-grown man!