We happily welcomed a guinea pig to our home in July after my son was intrigued by the movie G-Force. I noticed her belly growing bigger and bigger as a few weeks passed. Soon enough, to our surprise, her belly began moving, and we knew she would soon be a mother pig!
See the babies moving in her belly:
In the quiet evening hours of August 30th, our guinea pig gave birth to two adorable boy piglets. With the exception of carefully taking a few photo keepsakes, Ms. Piggy was left undisturbed to follow her instincts and care for her newborns as nature intended. That, of course, included consuming her placenta following the birth so that she could enjoy the amazing benefits and recover from the labor. She would soon experience more significant hormonal changes now that the placenta was out, and she would begin producing milk to nourish her young.
New mother with one baby as she consumes her placenta:
Ms. Piggy with her babies frolicking and nursing:
She nursed her young for 3.5 weeks until they weaned and were given separate housing next door to her, only inches away. The boys reach maturity soon and cannot stay with their mothers for too long. The family is still close, though, and they are all very happy and healthy together, two months later.
See her nursing the boys as they grew older, just before they weaned:
This video below shows an unknown pet owner whose guinea pig, like mine, had two babies in a late evening hour. It began as a happy time; a celebration of life. Something happened next in the video that could have been avoided in a normal birth process. We can see a human reaching into the new mother’s birthing place, her home, and removing the placenta. An unnecessary intervention. The woman did not seem to know that the guinea pig is one of most mammals that eats the placenta, nor did she seem to be aware of benefits that the placenta offers to new mammalian mothers.
Like many humans, she thought the “after birth” was waste that needed to be disposed of. Sadly, the new mother quickly became ill and died just before her babies were one day old. The owner cited “malocclusion” as the cause of death which is overgrown teeth causing complications. Though, was the mammal’s illness related to being deprived of the nutrients and hormones that her placenta held? Benefits said to be nourishing and replenishing when consumed following the miracle of birth?