Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs in Switzerland

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Guinea pigs are tiny sociable rodents that cannot bear being lonely. In fact they could die from isolation. That is why in Switzerland they have an unusualĀ animal welfare law that prohibits guinea pig owners from keeping the tiny furry rodents on their own.

It is against law in Switzerland to keep pet guinea pigs alone. A service even exists that provides a guinea pig companion to keep a lonely guinea pig company if its partner dies.