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BBC Wales's Caroline Evans reports
"For now, Hollywood will have to wait for Sooty, he has other things on his mind"
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Wednesday, 14 February, 2001, 10:13 GMT
Valentine haul for rodent romeo
Sooty the romeo guinea pig graphic
St Valentine's Day promises to be something special for Sooty the rodent romeo from south Wales.

The amorous guinea pig - who shot to worldwide fame when he fathered 43 babies during a night of passion - has been inundated with cards from his admirers.

Romantic missives from the USA, Holland and New Zealand have all arrived at Sooty's hutch at the Little Friends Farm in Hopkinstown, Pontypridd.

Sooty's babies
Sooty had two nights of passion
"We've had e-mail cards and so many Valentines, I haven't bothered to count them, " said park owner Carol Feehan.

"We've had quite a few from New Zealand - Sooty has a big following there at the moment."

Sooty shot to fame last November after servicing 24 sows within hours.

Overnight he became a star on Japanese television, a life-time member of the famous Stringfellows club in London, and got his own website.

But now he is anxiously awaiting another imminent arrival - due to his girlfriend Sweep.

"Actually I think he is getting a bit tired of her - it must be all these Valentine cards," Ms Feehan said.

He already has 24 red roses for his girlfriends at the park, which is run by volunteers mainly for children with disabilities and is now closed for the winter.

But he also has another reason to celebrate the red letter day.

"His very own Grogg is going on sale so he'll join the likes of Tom Jones and Gareth Edwards," explained Carol.

A limited edition of 500 of the pottery figures will be available for Sooty fans.

They will be sold at the Grogg shop in Treforest - best-known for its caricatures of Welsh rugby legends - and the farm park.

Other momentoes are on offer at the park - including Sooty T-shirts and badges.

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