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Thread: Baby wildie and guinea pig in same cage!! Help!

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    Default Baby wildie and guinea pig in same cage!! Help!

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    A work colleague today told me her friend's cat brought a baby wildie in, seems uninjured, didn't know what else to do with it so put it in the cage with her guinea pig and she thinks it's gonna be ok!

    I don't know enough about wildies (or guinea pigs) to argue the case, but for starters anyone who puts a bunny and a piggie together sure as heck shouldn't be in charge of a wild bun IMO?

    Please help what should I tell her? Her friend is adamant that because it's only a baby it will be ok and will be tame enough to keep as a pet? No idea on set up or her bunny experience, I just have a feeling it won't be a happy ending

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    Rabbits & guinea pigs should never be kept together, a bunnies kick can kill a piggy not to mention they need separate diets. A wildie should be taken to a wildlife rescue who will be able to correctly care for bun & release, though these are often over filled already. I don't think it will be tame, more scared & jumpy but hopefully someone who has experience will reply.

    Can't imagine why anyone would put a wild rabbit in with a piggy anyway!

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    Thanks for that, I know about the different diets, didn't know about the deadly kick, maybe that might be a starting point...hopefully her guinea pig at risk is enough to make her think twice.
    No idea on wildlife rescues round here, let alone bunny savvy ones. Will google...

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    I agree - wildlife rescue.
    I found my local one through this site:
    http://www.helpwildlife.co.uk/eastmids.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by esupi View Post
    I agree - wildlife rescue.
    I found my local one through this site:
    http://www.helpwildlife.co.uk/eastmids.php
    Thankyou x

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    Oh dear, domestic buns can be hard enough to care for, but a wildie? I'd love one personally, but I couldn't handle one so no. The guinea pig & wildie need separating immediately. I bet the wildie has never seen a Guinea pig before so could be frightened.


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    Rabbits also carry carry bordatella which can be fatal to guinea pigs x
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    Quote Originally Posted by chloemurray View Post
    Rabbits also carry carry bordatella which can be fatal to guinea pigs x
    Ah thankyou for this too. I doubt very much that she will listen, sounds like she's made her mind up all is good but if I build the case that it's putting her guinea pig at risk hopefully it will be taken seriously.

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    I'm pretty sure that it's illegal to take an animal from the wild and make a pet of it, so if all else fails, I'd phone the RSPCA or contact a local wildlife rescue yourself for advice on what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie42 View Post
    I'm pretty sure that it's illegal to take an animal from the wild and make a pet of it, so if all else fails, I'd phone the RSPCA or contact a local wildlife rescue yourself for advice on what to do.
    It is, but I think it might depend on the circumstances i.e. if someone deliberately broke open a den to take a baby then yes, but to find one stranded on the roadside, probably not. I wouldn't like for anyone on here to use that as a defence in Court however ...

    Definitely contact a local wildlife centre or sanctuary near you if you can, or if all else fails there's always the RSPCA but I'd try them as a last resort.

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