Pet or food? – Guinea pig

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In the Quechua family’s kitchen

In most homes in the Peruvian Andes, the kitchen is a dark room, and smoke has blackened the walls over time. In truth, the kitchen is not really suitable for humans or animals. In spite of this, guinea pigs often live in kitchens, taking alfalfa, running from one corner to another, and squealing wildly. For the Quechuas, these small four-legged creatures are an important source of food with high-quality proteins.

Guinea pigs reproduce with impressive speed, but can also die rapidly by viral or bacterial infections. The owner of this kitchen has unfortunately lost most of his guinea pigs to a diarrheal disease.

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