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16 August, 2008

Guinea Pigs - Current Clan


Old Maids Clan:  Betty, Wilma & Raquel

   Hurricane Wilma blew in on October 24, 2005. She was a terrible storm that did a tremendous amount of damage here in south Florida.  My neighborhood was without electricity for two full weeks. A few days after the storm I was walking down to a neighbor's house and I had one of the guinea pigs with me. A neighbor two houses down asked if that was a guinea pig and I said it was. The neighbor then showed me two female guinea pigs he had in a small dirty cage sitting outside the front of his house. He said they didn't want them and were unable to care for them properly. That was painfully obvious to me so I readily took them in.  I named the girls Betty and Wilma. Wilma was in honor of the hurricane - the reason I got them - so naturally I named the other one Betty as in Betty and Wilma from the cartoon "The Flintstones."  I didn't know how old they were and the owner didn't say but they appeared to be at least one year old to me. Its been almost three years since I got them (its August 2008 now) so I am guessing they are at least four years old now. Wilma is doing very poor. She has lost weight but eats like a horse. She has what appears to be a cataract in one eye and she is so sickly she scoots on her belly to get around. I expect her to die any day but she keeps on living despite whatever ailments she has. I did have an exotic animal vet check her out but there wasn't much she could do. No one expected her to keep living this long. Its so unusual for a guinea pig to linger on like this in my experience. They usually either die suddenly without exhibiting any signs of sickness or they show signs of a respiratory illness for a day or two and then die.  Wilma is in the forefront in the picture above, in black and white fur, and Betty is in the back, in the black and tan fur. This photo was taken shortly after I got them. You can see that they were full grown, at least one year old in my estimation.


  I adopted Raquel, pictured to the right, in late summer 2006 from the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale. I don't know how old she is but I am guessing that she is now around 4 years old but its just a guess. She was an adult when I adopted her. Raquel is just such a beautiful girl I had to give her a proper name to represent her gorgeous swirly silver fur! She reminds me of a movie star with her looks and regal personality.  I keep calling her Tiffany though, guess I should have named her that instead.  She makes this "put put" noise when I hold her and she also loves to giggle. I love holding her because she is so sweet and makes such cool sounds. The Wildlife Care Center insisted that she be spayed because I had other males at the time and I agreed. 



  The three old maids all live together quite nicely - no fighting. Wile females don't fight as much as males do, it can occur. You never know when you put guinea pigs together if they will get along or not. I have put other females with Wilma and Betty and they did not get along so I was grateful when the Raquel, Betty and Wilma got along because I had no other place to put Raquel. I had the the other new clans arranged so that Cindylita and her girls would be together and Aristotle and his boys would live together so it only made sense to put the old maids together.  I call them the old maids because they are old and they are maidens! None of them have had babies so I guess that makes them old maids. I am an old maid so I can identify with them!




Click on Playlist to see movies of the Old Maids Clan - Wilma, Betty and Raquel. The movies show the old gals at leisure and doing what the love to do the most - eat! The old maids are well...old...but my motto is "you are an oldie but a goodie!"





The Old Maids Photo Album


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Betty at the food bowl 1

Betty at the food bowl 2

The girls eating 1

The girls eating 2

The girls eating 3

The girls eating 4

The girls eating 5

The ladies 1

The ladies 2

The ladies 3

The ladies 4

Raquel the beauty queen!

Wilma at the food bowl



  I have plenty of video and pictures of my guinea pigs on their respective "clan" pages. The links are on the top left and right below.  I hope that you will enjoy the video and pictures and that my information was helpful to you.


Guinea Pig Page | Guinea Pig History | Getting a Guinea Pig | Guinea Pig Housing & Bedding | Guinea Pig Feeding & Water

Guinea Pig General Care | CURRENT CLANS:  Greek Boys Clan | Lita Ladies Clan | Old Maids Clan

OLD CLANS:  Giggler Clan | Gweeker Clan | Put Puts Clan | Rheeter Clan


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