Awkward Animals, a Facebook fanpage shared some adorable pictures of “house hippos” and it’s got folks who’ve been quarantined sharing pictures of their hairless guinea pigs.
Hairless Guinea Pigs That Look Like Tiny Hippos
These guinea pigs, technically known as Skinny Pigs, are a breed that’s almost hairless with only having hair on their muzzle, feet, and legs, but hairless on the rest of their body. Skinny Pigs are smooth, wrinkly skinned creatures that come in different patterns and colors, such as Dutch, Tortoiseshell or Himalayan.
It’s believed the guinea pigs were first created by mixing a haired guinea pig with a hairless lab strain pig in Montreal’s Armand Frappier Institute laboratory in 1978.
The post has reached over 43,000 shares, 12,000 comments, and 4,500 thousand reactions. Some people were sharing pictures of their house hippos and telling stories of the ones they had in the past as a pet.
Other than the lack of hair, these beautiful little creatures are not physiologically different than a regular haired guinea pig, however, they do need to eat more to maintain body heat. If exposed to the sunlight for too long they can become sunburnt just like human skin.
It’s recommended that guinea pigs are kept inside the house and have plenty of nesting material so they can blanket themselves if they get cold. They are known to be gentle and love cuddling and people who’ve owned them say they make the cutest little sounds.
“I like having him because he’s just so darn cute and he’s the closest I’ll ever get to having an actual hippo,” a huge hippo fan told Insider.