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‘Saved their lives’: Ranger rescues family of guinea pigs found abandoned in park

HARRISON, Ohio (WXIX/Gray News) — Officials in Ohio say a park ranger found a family of guinea pigs that were left in a park area Wednesday.

Ray Anderson of Cincinnati Animal CARE said a Hamilton County Great Parks ranger herded a family of eight into Miami’s Whitewater Forest.

“It’s hard to say exactly why someone leaves guinea pigs in the woods,” Anderson said. “Most likely it was someone who had a male and a female kept together, they had a litter, and they got too big. Guinea pigs can have over a dozen babies in a litter.”

Because the animals are domesticated, officials said they likely froze outside or were snatched by a bird or cat.

“Ranger definitely saved their lives,” Anderson said.

The family of guinea pigs was taken to a care center where rescuers said they were ready for adoption and looked about the same age.

More information about available animals at the shelter can be found online.

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