At long last Spring seems to be finally arriving. The flowers are blooming, birds are singing, but what about the ‘Cavines’?
If you’re one of the few pet-lovers that have still not heard the news, Spring 2010 means that we now welcome one more newly recognized species into the homes of the majority of the European Union countries (due to be recognized in the UK in early Sept 2010).
The Cavine is yet another new breed of cloned pet and is now being legally farmed in thousands of Research Institutes across the Benelux countries (Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg).
Possessing the almost identical genetic make-up of both rabbit and guinea pig, the first ever Cavine (pronounced ‘cayy-vine’) was successfully bred last October from a male Lionhead (pictured) – the closest-looking species of rabbit to a guinea Pig – and an Angoran guinea pig.
The first ever litter of four Cavines, concieved and subsequently born into their Amsterdam laboratory were imaginatively called ‘Cavines’ by Dutch Bio-scientists, a combination of the Latin translations for guinea pig (Cavy), and rabbit (Lapine) respectively.
Now approaching nearly seven months of age, these original and most documented quadruplets (who are each individually named after The Beatles), are still observed ‘Big Brother’ style in their cage 24/7; and as their adult appearance starts to develop this furry Fab Four are giving researchers vital clues as to their likely future physical appeal as family pets.
Reports state that they tick every box – they’re cute, fluffy, clean and possess the best features of both parent – so it’s therefore no surprise at all that these genetic mutations are already thought to be the ‘next big little thing’ and are already being labelled as being the ‘ultimate pet for your child’.
In fact leading pet industry experts believe that by 2015, cavines will easily be replacing rabbits as the number one most-desired pet by 5-10 year olds in the UK – a tall order considering that there were over 3 million household rabbits in Great Britain at the end of last year.
On a more alarming note, guinea pig breeders and experts alike are extremely concerned that the cavine may indeed produce a surge in irresponsible breeding practices due to heavy demand (with no doubt the accompanying increase in abandoned ‘fad’ cavines) and even provide a legitimate host for the deadly flea-borne rabbit-killing virus – Myxomatosis – to literally jump species and put the UK’s guinea pig population in considerable danger.
For more information, visit the Official Cavine website here.