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  Unwanted guinea pigs get life of luxury
Updated 01 May 2002, 19.05
Guinea pig mansion courtesy of Bournemouth news and picture service
Unwanted guinea pigs are being offered homes on a luxurious mini country estate.

Lucky guinea pigs Pebbles, Daisy, Buttons and friends have been celebrating the opening of their new homes in a village created especially for them in Longleat Safari Park's pets corner.

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Most of the residents are made up of pets donated to the park by people who can no longer look after them.

Fully equipped village

Baby guinea pig
Baby guinea pig
It took six months to build the village and has room for 30 to 40 new residents.

Features include a mansion, a row of terrace houses, shops, pub, church, fur trees and even a pond complete with bridge and plastic ducks.

But despite the choice of rooms to sleep in, the cheeky rodents still argue over who gets the biggest room.

"The bossier guinea pigs will make their way upstairs to the top floors and the quieter ones stay downstairs out the way of trouble," said keeper Beverley Allen.

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