Man found 10 guinea pigs in new home, now has 80 living with him!
A man has revealed how he found several guinea pigs in his new home - before ending up with 80 of them and spending nearly £8,000 a year on the furry friends.
Cid Dwyer, 25, from Sydney, Australia, ended up looking after the pets when the previous owners of his property left 10 guinea pigs behind in February 2022.
He decided to keep them but noticed they had multiplied after the first few weeks - as the male guinea pigs were impregnating the females.
Cid tried to separate the two groups, but his herd grew to 80 in just under a year before he was finally able to get it under control.
He used TikTok to learn about caring for the creatures and has now become an avid guinea pig fan.
The pets live in content creator Cid's back garden and he spends his days caring for and hanging out with his furry friends.
He said: 'I've grown a herd of 80 guinea pigs in less than a year. They were left by the previous tenants, and I just thought "they are cute, I'll let them hang around." I'm now really attached to them at this point.
'I can recognise all of them. I named one Claudia after Claudia Winkleman because she has long hair that covers over her face - like bangs. One is Curious George because he's always so inquisitive.'
Cid starts his days by putting out four trays of barley grass - which he grows - dry food and sometimes a carrot or watermelon as a sweet treat.
Every day he cleans out their bedding before spending time 'hanging out'. The guinea pigs stay outside in the garden but have covered sections of their enclosure to protect them from the rain.
In summer, Cid puts in frozen bottles of cold water to keep them cool. He spends £115 a week on food for the pets and has to treat them for lice and fleas every three months - costing £600. It totals £7,920 a year.