Chickenbone and I had small pets as kids, guinea pigs and a hamster. The guinea pigs were rather “randy”, mated and had cute little furry babies. Baby guinea pigs are born with a coat of fur, and their eyes open. They look like the just like the adults, but with disproportionately big feet.
Baby anything was a first for us little kids. The arrival of baby guinea pigs was an opportunity for my parents to explain the miracle of birth.
This “miracle of birth” explanation included the fact that some animals eat their young, an act known as filial cannibalism. My parents weren’t sure if this applied to guinea pigs, so we had to separate the father guinea pig from the mother and babies, just to be safe.
Parents eat their young??! This was a surprising thing for a little kid to hear. I couldn’t understand why or how a member of a family – any family, mammalian or not – could eat their young. It seems scientists don’t really know, either.
many some years later, and this happened…
A couple days ago I came home from my job at the hardware store, changed clothes, and then went to work at the park. That day my shift at the park job was four hours long.
When I walked into my house at the end of the day, I noticed this… But, wait! There’s more…