The Greatness of Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are such funny, furry pets. So how many guinea pigs are there in the world? There were 1,362,000 pet guinea pigs in America in 2007 (that’s more than a million), and another 1 million in England in 2012. There were also 30 million “small mammal pets” in all of Europe in 2010, which included mice, hamsters, and gerbils…if 1/10 of those were guinea pigs, that’s another 3 million. That gives us at least 5 million guinea pigs. But they often live in pairs, so how many homes have one?

Wee ones: If you just got your 3rd pet guinea pig, how many did you have before that?

Little kids: If 3 houses on your street have 2 guinea pigs each, how many guinea pigs live on your street?  Bonus: How many more guinea pigs would you all need to have 10 in total?

Big kids: How many furry feet do 5,000,000 guinea pigs have?  Bonus: Guinea pigs love carrots. If starting on a Sunday you give your guinea pigs carrots every 3rd day, how many times have you given them carrots when they first eat them on a Tuesday?

The sky’s the limit: If 5,000,000 pet guinea pigs live in pairs, how many households have guinea pigs?

Wee ones: 2 guinea pigs.

Little kids: 6 guinea pigs.  Bonus: 4 more guinea pigs.

Big kids: 20,000,000 feet.  Bonus: On the 4th time (Sun, Weds, Sat, Tues).

The sky’s the limit: 2,500,000 (2 million, 500 thousand).

And thank you again Katherine for the question and the guineapigalicious artwork!

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