Guinea Peeg Looks Like an Adorabuhl Mini Hippo!

Hairless is RARELY cute, People, and I had to see this one to believe it.

Uncle Leron told me he found a hairless Guinea Pig that was cute, and then the conversation went “I don’t believe you, no WAY are hairless guinea pigs cuu—AWWWWWWWOMGLOOKATTHAT”


Via Uncle Leron! Photo by Alina Gerika!

Comments

  1. Sideways glances from animals…always get to me!

  2. I can HEAR the*blink blinks* it must be making from here!

  3. No way. I have officially seen everything! What an adorable little peeg!! The wrinkles are spectacular!!

  4. Ali-baba says:

    Adorabuhls- hee haz eet! :-)

  5. Mamabear says:

    I must have eet! They have hairless rats, why not hairless peegs?!

    I need a drink now (milk, of course) and to calm down from the hyperventilation that just ensued. It DOES look like a mini hippo!

    *passes out*

  6. Rachel of Cyberia says:

    Not a Skinny Pig…it’s a Skuinea Pig!

  7. Starfish says:

    Love the ear floppage. And the nose fuzz. And the side-eye.

  8. Fleurdamour says:

    Tiny hippo, givin’ you the side eye.

  9. Fleurdamour says:

    He’s all like, what are YOU looking at?

  10. Hamazing!
    Now I understand why hippos cause the most animal-related deaths: it’s the mini-ones with their petal-like earsies and their side-eyeses.

  11. 2ScoopsRice says:

    (O_o) Awww!! Himz haz noe floofee hares…wittuhl gai needz uh blangkee!! Sumbuddy knitz himz uh swettur, statz!!

  12. Uh, oh. In the mod lounge, so kick back to sip a mojito and leaf through the latest Nat Geo. until I’m out of the penalty box.
    Eek, flying sharks! Quickly turn to Animal Dads (head tilt).

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/fathers-day-2009-animal-dads-pictures/

  13. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    That’s so cute! My guinea pig does this ALL THE TIME. I call it the “drunk cow eye.” I call it that because when I used to visit my uncle’s farm, I would feed apples to his cows, and the thing they did with their eyes pretty closely resembled my guinea pig’s reaction to playing tug of war with a carrot. Hence, I call it the “drunk cow eye.”

  14. kibblenibble says:

    Even though hairless, he somehow looks so…velvety. I love CO. I see everything here…everything Qte, anyway.

  15. Clarebear says:

    awww sooo adorable! Does anyone know why he is bald?

  16. i can’t believe anything that cute is only a guinea

  17. Marshwiggle says:

    *insert hysterical giggling here*

    OHMYGOODNESS. LOL!! I want one!

  18. It’s a House Hippo!

  19. So THAT’s how a South American rodent gets its name; not from a country on another continent, but from 21 shillings.
    A mystery of the ages — solved! I’m sure there’s a doctoral dissertation in there . . .

  20. Walking E says:

    That nose fuzz is killing me!

  21. Oh, the improbably upside-down beard! He must be a hipster guinea swine.

  22. I read somewhere that the South American Indians used to capture wild guinea pigs, rub them with some kind of tree sap that made their fur fall out, then use them as live bed-warmers.

  23. Walking E says:

    It’s more like a “Nose ‘Fro” than anything else, really.

  24. I knew they were real !

  25. gailllc says:

    OK, when my guinea pigs got scabies and lost all their hair, there is NO WAY they were that cute! This guy has more than his share of hairless cuteness. The nose-fro is kinda freaking me out though.

  26. The patented Princess Di look.

  27. I like him! I think it’s because he’s not wrinkly but pleasantly plump.

  28. Just thought I`d point out a typo, you seem to have spelled always r a r e l y.

  29. Michael says:

    I certainly didn’t know; I wondered if it was disease or treatment for a disease. But, no, there are not one but two varieties of hairless guinea pigs, and here is some information:

    http://exoticpets.about.com/od/guineapigs/ss/skinnypigs.htm

    That article says they were bred for lab research, which begs the question WHY, but I can guess it’s easier to inject drugs or withdraw blood samples when there’s no fur. (I didn’t look it up, though; that may not be the reason at all.) While we may not like thinking of our cute furry friends (or, in this case, not so furry) being experimented on, that IS after all where the other meaning of “guinea pig” came from. (Although nowadays it seems like white rats are used a lot more in labs than guinea pigs are. Quoting Wikipedia: Biological experimentation on guinea pigs has been carried out since the 17th century. The animals were frequently used as a model organism in the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting in the epithet “guinea pig” for a test subject, but have since been largely replaced by other rodents such as mice and rats. They are still used in research, primarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes, tuberculosis, scurvy, and pregnancy complications.)

    Also quoting Wikipedia: The origin of “guinea” in “guinea pig” is harder to explain [than the "pig" part explained in the previous paragraph]. One theory is that the animals were brought to Europe by way of Guinea, leading people to think they had originated there. “Guinea” was also frequently used in English to refer generally to any far-off, unknown country, and so the name may simply be a colorful reference to the animal’s foreignness. Another theory suggests the “guinea” in the name is a corruption of “Guiana”, an area in South America, though the animals are not native to that region. A common misconception is that they were so named because they were sold for the price of a guinea coin; this theory is untenable, because the guinea was first struck in England in 1663, and William Harvey used the term “Ginny-pig” as early as 1653. Others believe “guinea” may be an alteration of the word coney (rabbit); guinea pigs were referred to as “pig coneys” in Edward Topsell’s 1607 treatise on quadrupeds.”

    So, nobody knows.

  30. Does somebody know why he´s hairless? Did he loose the fur or did he never have it? Just wondering …

  31. He really is adorable! Kind of looking like, “Hello?! Naked here!” But he looks really soft and velvety. I want to make him a sweater.

  32. Wow, he is so perfectly cute I really cannot stand it – I really want one, or two or 18…is this a specific breed or is it just ‘one of those things’ that nature does randomly?

  33. Ur doin it rite.

  34. OMGEEEEE !!!! I’m NEVER going to throw away my laundry lint again !!!!
    I’m going to build house hippo habitats in all my closets & all over the western U.S. in the hope I’ll convince the lil’ guys to migrate to this side of north America !
    At least now my lap giraffe (the one I have on back order) will have a buddy besides my cats to play with !

  35. I want to knit thees peeg a sweateu.

  36. Nose ‘fro, lol!!

  37. Whoa Jeff and Rachel, great minds and all that? I totally had a matrix moment reading through the comments :)

  38. I google image searched hairless guinea pigs or “skinny pigs” as they’re called, and let me tell you, this has to be the ONLY cute one there is. Some of them are down right scary looking.

  39. doomchild says:

    so THAT’s what this is.. I’ve seen the pic a few times now, and always wondered what on earth it is. Thought first it was a fluffy mini hippo, but whaddyaknow, it’s a peeeeeg <3

  40. SO cute. And made me go looking at the other lovely videos posted here, and look what I found: OMG, a REAL house hippo!

  41. AUGH.

    I don’t like guinea pigs or hairless things but…

    SQUEEEE~~ *collapses* mini hippo <3

  42. And I thought it was a petit lap hippo, close friend to the famous petit lap giraffe :)

  43. Eleanor says:

    OMG I have just noticed his wry smile under the nose fluff!

  44. Thank you so much, Shaz! This is absolutely priceless!

  45. Moi, Actually says:

    I think we just trumped that over-hyped mini-giraffe.The peeg has more rotunditude.

  46. It’s a hairless breed. There are 2 hairless breeds of guinea pigs: Baldwins and Skinny Pigs. The little nose-fro implies that this is a Skinny.

  47. Rachael says:

    There are no hippos anywhere in my entire house, either mini or maxi. I am so bummed! *sulk*

    The nose floofage is adorabuhls!!!!

  48. Lerrinus says:

    That’s nose-fro must reeeeeaaaaaalllly tickle when you get sniffed! :-D

  49. All we need is a mini-giraffe,and we’re set!

  50. Mamabear says:

    “petal-like earsies”! I love that phrasing.

    *Note to self: Along with the word, ‘Fubsy’ I learned at CO, be sure to put “petal earsies” into rotation*

  51. christa says:

    I want to rub that little flat spot between his eyes! This is easily the cutest guinea pig ever!

  52. Mamabear says:

    Is it truly possible?! I have gleaned yet ANOTHER awesome phrase for my vocabulary?! “drunk cow eye”! I loff eet!

    Thank you Guinea Peeg Lover!

    And now, now that we are baring our private vocabulary (and don’t all Cuteologists have their own unique lingo?). I will share one of mine.

    Eet is: “grooming babies”; pronounced groom-ink bay-biss. Here is the etymology: Long, long ago (like 25 years ago, when I was 15) a friend and I happened upon a guinea pig in a mall pet store. It was the 80′s and our hair was coifed in the ‘giant, over processed’ look of the time.

    I digress, though. As we were watching the lovely peegs, one of them started a furious groom session which prompted my ethereal side to cry out: “GROOM-INK BAY-BEH!” Much to the horror and shock of my friend. I knew not from where this voice emanated, I only knew that it MUST be said. Any cute rodentia-type creatures (cavies are honorably included as are lagamorphs) were henceforth, nicknamed that (whether they were actively grooming or not).

    Years later, when I stumbled upon the bestest website in the world, I discovered, to my intense excitement, that there were others, many others, who suffered, nay were GIFTED, with the cute wordspeak phenomenon and they even had a whole dang glossary! I was, and am still, in heaven.

    So there it is. I have purged my psyche and feel much, much better. I thank you for listening and for the roundabout therapy, my fellow Cuteologists!

  53. Mamabear says:

    I’m beginning to question this whole ‘thumbs up’, ‘thumbs down’ thing.

    Who on earth would have ‘thumbs down’ed Jeff’s comment?!

    It’s not like he was copying Rachel, as his comment came in, one measley moment after hers.

    Just for the record, I ‘thumbs up’ed BOTH of your comments along with Mie! I LOVE that house hippo clip and this little guy looks like house hippo.

  54. Hairless *rarely* cute?!?!?!? I beg to differ!!!

  55. Miss Ruth says:

    Oooh, mini giraffe – now that’s an idea!

  56. baby birdie says:
  57. Anybody else hungry, hungry? Pops mini-hippo in mouf

  58. OMG OMG OMG!!

  59. Melewen says:

    The North American House Hippo is real!!!

  60. I am laughing out loud at this mini-hippo! Guinea pigs are so thoroughly, eternally, ineluctably cute that NOTHING could strip the cuteness from them, even being hairless. Hilarious, cute photo!
    The dude even has a soul-patch covering his cute little muzzle.
    And his sideways glance says: “What are you looking at? I am a guinea pig, and I am bald, and I am cute.”

  61. I dunno. I googled them too and I thought they were almost all adorable. There were a couple that looked like rats though. Not the cute rats, the scary ones.

  62. Emmberrann says:

    I am seconding this comment. “Ineluctably” is *indubitably* the word to use here. They ain’t no way a guinea pig can escape cuteness, it just a i n ‘ t possible.

  63. bookmonstercats says:

    Still very impresive.

  64. Francesca says:

    He looks soooooo shy. Like.. *gasp* Don’t you see I’m Nekkids?? AVERT YOUR EYES!

  65. I agree Mama. I don’t like the thumbs up/down either. I was thumb-downed for a completely innocent remark and it has made me very reluctant to comment now. Please note, I am aware THIS comment will probably be thumb-downed by some crank further confirming my decision to not comment anymore, which is a shame.

  66. <3 Mamabear
    I kinda agree with you that the thumbs up&down might not be a great feature to have here, I feel it can be unnecessarily hostile and don't really see the point in them. Why not have just an option to give thumbs up, if regular comments aren't enough? You know, in the vein of "if you can't say anything nice, better not say anything at all". But that's just my opinion.
    Wouldn't read too much into them though, a single thumbs-down could just have come from someone having a bad day. Or for all we know, they might have missed the "up" button :)

  67. Thing looks cute, but those lil bastards bite

  68. I have a couple of reasons but they’re not cute ones.

  69. Who has the time nowadays to shave small mammals?

  70. Ha! I read this twice before I saw the hungry hungry! Subtlety!

  71. Nice bit of research. Thanks for filling us in on those salient tidbits.

  72. D’uh! Facepalm! How could I have missed a House Hippo??? Ah, he was hiding behind his moustache, that’s how.

  73. Don’t let the bast*rds see you sweat, dear. Trolls are everywhere, even on C.O.

  74. Imagine that, a hippo living the life of Riley. :)

  75. tracylee says:

    several South American anipals are hairless – one of my favorites being an ancient breed of Peruvian dog, that looks like a pit-mix with black skin and only a mohawk!

  76. tracylee says:

    BALDWINS?! o.O

  77. I do wish the waiting list for petite lap giraffes weren’t so long. *sigh

  78. January says:

    Like to see one of them.

  79. tracylee says:

    ask, and ye shall receive!
    Peruvian Hairless Dog

  80. mrsgilmore says:

    I studied toxicology in graduate school and one of the professors used hairless guinea pigs for dermal studies. Not mine (just cell culture for me), but I did get to feed and play with the skinny pigs. Occasionally the lab animal supply company would send extra. The lucky extra peegs became pets. Sadly I never made it to the top of the waitlist.

  81. LOVE THOSE NEKKIDS!!! I have hairless cats and dogs and love their buttery-soft skin. Hairless Guinea pigs are called “Cavies” or “Cavy” for singular. I think they are beautiful!

  82. 2ScoopsRice says:

    Datz whut ai sedz! Himz kneedz uh swettur!! :)

  83. 2ScoopsRice says:

    Datz whut ai sedz! Himz kneedz uh swettur!! Ohr uh blangkee!! Dat wud mayk himz uh piggeh en uh blangkee… (^_^)

  84. 2ScoopsRice says:

    [averts mah eyez]

  85. jennifer says:

    Ok…this little guy is the “bomb”! I have 3 hairy pigs, but highly alleric…wash hands right after holding one, or two, or three. How do I get one like this so I WON’T be alleric?

  86. brittney says:

    Oh my! I can’t believe that is a guinea pig! I was about to freak out. I love miniature animals they are so cute.

    I want a miniature pig so bad!

    http://www.best5everything.com/best5ListPages/cute-miniature-animals-82881.php

  87. Mamabear says:

    Am sooo glad they made nekkid peeg a perma link for awhile! The world needs to see his QTness!

  88. Fird Birfle says:

    Also (somewhat) relevant: Mme la Holder of Senor G.P. is sporting quite the attractive manicure. And I”m not generally *into* pink. That’s a fetching color;
    and her hands are ready for a Palmolive advert!!!

  89. Fird Birfle says:

    :) so accurate

  90. Rich Fader says:

    “Opulence…I has it.”

  91. imnotagayguy says:

    OMGIAWD!!!!! breathe in- breathe out- breathe in- brea omigawdomigawdomigawd omifarkingawd!!!! HOLLLIIII SHEEEEETTTT!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!! HAVE TO CALM DOWN!

  92. He is a super cutie. Love the little tuft of fur on his nose.

  93. Fird Birfle says:

    *applies oxygen mask*
    *schedules soothing massage with the Rehabilitation Dept.for imnotagayguy.*

  94. Vanessa says:

    Wotz on hizz noze?

  95. haha! I was waiting for someone to post about the house hippos :D

  96. dub1, Michael said that’s a misconception. The foreign country idea is the correct idea.

  97. Why do you talk/type like that? Just curious.

  98. Google “Where to get a skinny pig” and something will turn up.

  99. You seem to have become our reviver-in residence, Fird.

  100. OMG THTS SOOOOO CUTEEEE :D!!!!!!!!!!! i <333 how the hair on its nose looks just like a hippos…….its just SOOOOOOO CUTE <333333

  101. Maerlyn99 says:

    “Skuinea pig”. Love it! And the nose floff. And the sideways glance. And the “petal-like ears”. Want!

  102. bluebird says:

    so sly!

  103. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh my gosh, CO. Stop trying to keel me with this photo of this pig. It’s soooooo cute that everytime I check out the site, I have to see it and sort of die a little bit. And as for pigs, I LOVE this commercial:

  104. I want one! He looks ashamed of his…… nakedness? But my guinea pigs would eat him :(

  105. cassandra says:

    He has the “you know I know that ain’t right” side eye. s/he is totally adorable and I think I would make it a little sweater if I had one :)

  106. baby birdie says:

    LOL!

  107. Surgoshan says:

    Did… someone shave a guinea pig?

  108. Okay I also googled them and have to agree however I found this post at The Featured Creature and the selection there is definitely cute :)

    http://www.thefeaturedcreature.com/2011/04/7-bizarre-breeds-of-guinea-pigs.html#axzz1RfbCiBzw

  109. seriously!

    oooh can i braid it?!

  110. Meredith says:

    We have Skinny Pigs at the pet store where I work. They are amazing little creatures with excellent personality. They feel rather like felt or velvet, and we often say “they’re so ugly they’re cute!” Their little round mouths are spectacular when they steal carrots :)

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