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'Popular' guinea pig feared dead
Squeak the guinea pig
Locals used to feed Squeak every day
A search is under way in North Cornwall for a missing guinea pig which has become a "popular" character in Bude.

Squeak and three other guinea pigs were dumped in the wild five years ago, but Squeak was the only one to survive.

Now the land where he lived has been prepared for development by the landowner. Locals fears the small mammal has run away or been killed.

Cliff Westaway used to feed Squeak every day. He said: "He was friendly and just a lovely little chap."

'Squeaky noises'

Locals in Bude have been out regularly looking for Squeak.

Mr Westaway had a special bond with him because he fed him every day.

"I just used to make squeaky noises and he'd come.

"He was very friendly and just a lovely little chap."

People have said they wished they had been given time to try to catch Squeak before the area was flattened.

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