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The Wild Side of Pet Guinea Pigs [Hardcover]

Jo Waters

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May 28 2010 The Wild Side of Pets

Guinea Pigs can make great pets. They can also show some wild behavior! Find out how in this informative title. The book looks at why guinea pigs live the way they do (e.g. what they eat in the wild) and uses this as the starting point for giving appropria

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Raintree Perspectives (May 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410910210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410910219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 21.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,210,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jo Waters is a Heinemann-Raintree author.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a pet manual, but also a reference March 9 2006
By R. Kelly Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
The "wild side" of pet guinea pigs refers to the fact that the book discusses wild cavies - several species - and how pet guinea pigs are related to them, as well as being a manual for the young pet owner.

This is a pretty good book - couple of pieces of incorrect info, but nothing harmfully wrong. There may be some confusion for American readers because it's a British book; some of the pictures show a style of outdoor hutch that's common in England but not in the US, and a few other such things.

The book includes lots of technical terminology, and includes the stuff many books avoid, such as the necessary feces-eating, and guinea pigs' place in the wild food chain. There's an excellent glossary in the back, giving further definitions for most of the technical terms in the book - in fact, the glossary part could serve pretty well as a reference for an elementary school child writing a school paper, and there's a drawing of a guinea pig skeleton that will also be of interest to a science-minded child. The best part, though, is the photos - lots of domesticated GPs, but also lots of the various wild cavy relatives, from Patagonian cavies to capybaras.

There are also trivia sidebars - did you know that Queen Elizabeth the First had a pet guinea pig? All around, pretty interesting, more so than most books aimed at younger pet owners.

It's part of a series that also includes the "wild side" of pet lizards, ferrets, cats, dogs, and fish.

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