Phoebe is ginger female guinea pig with a white crest born at the sanctuary in April after her mum and dad, Winifred and Eliot, came to the sanctuary in a box together with three other females who fortunately were not pregnant. Neither parent is more than a few months older than her. Guinea pigs can reproduce once they reach just one month old, although the gestation is over two months. This is why it is essential to separate male babies from their mothers by four weeks of age. Phoebe lives in the group into which she was born in one of our villages with her mum and her aunties. She has never been in a cage. She has grown into an enormous guinea pig and changed colour to a much darker shade. We think she didn’t like looking so much like Hattie. She is Zach’s sister.