These Little Piggies Went to Ferrum!

Inquiring minds session dispels common myths about guinea pigs


Photo by Lindsey M. Foster

While Kevin Reilly, Vice President of Academic Affairs gave the presentation, it was Bam Bam and Pebbles that stole the show.

Lindsey M. Foster, Editor

Two hamsters? No.

Two gerbils? No.

Two guinea pigs!!

Two guinea pigs Bam Bam and Pebbles visited Ferrum College last week for an Inquiring Minds session.

Kevin Reilly, Vice President of Academic Affairs, showcased the pigs–which are neither pigs nor are they from Guinea–for the talk.

Reilly discussed some assumptions people have about guinea pigs. This included their origin, culture, diet, how they communicate, and some fun facts.

They live in groups of 3-10, are herbivores, are active for twenty hours a day, and make different noises depending on what they want and what their mood is.

“Overall everything surprised me,” said Kristina Cossa, senior. “There’s so much more to guinea pigs that people don’t know that they should know.”

Reilly’s wife, Dina Reilly, also helped with the presentation by giving input on their animals and passing them around to the audience for petting.

“It was really different, and I had a lot of fun,” said Marina Powell, sophomore. “I hope they’ll have more sessions that are hands-on like that.”

Inquiring Minds is a session that occurs every Wednesday where people can learn about contemporary/historical topics. Each week, a Ferrum College faculty member hosts a session during community hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.