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FREDDY’S STORY – What a start in life…..

October 2015

We can only guess at the first few hours of Freddy’s life but either way, at only a day old, poor little Freddy found himself in the jaws of a cat, being marched down a residential road on a dark October night. Luckily a lady managed to remove him from the mouth of the cat and called us. We scrambled the April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue van and rushed to his aid.


Goodness knows how the cat got him. Did he escape on his own? Did he have brothers and sisters who also escaped but weren’t so lucky? We will never know. The lady who found him asked up and down the neighbouring streets but no-one kept guinea pigs so we’re none the wiser.

He was immediately taken to Jo (one of our long standing volunteers and owner of 9 guinea pigs already). But as a newborn, he needed his mum’s milk. Thanks to our Facebook page, a local lady whose sow had recently lost her babies kindly loaned her girl to us as a wet nurse. It started well but after a while the sow started kicking Freddy off and nipping him. Jo had to take over and began syringe feeding him.

Freddy head tiltFast forward a few weeks and despite his traumatic start in life, Freddy is well and thriving and has become quite a star with regular updates provided on our Facebook page and twitter.  He’s well on his way to being our new mascot. The trauma of being galloped through the dark streets in the jaws of death has left him with a permanent head tilt. Nothing to worry about our vet says but it has given him a very cute inquisitive look. He’s also developing the most fabulous and noisy personality – an all round survivor obviously. Because he’s being hand reared, Jo has fallen completely in love with him (of course) so he will stay with her forever.

Freddy teaspoon
beside a teaspoon, that’s how little he is!

And when he’s big enough, he’ll get a boarfriend to grow up and play with. Freddy has become such a star and has so many fans that he has consulted his diary and agreed to make a visit to the April Lodge Shelter on Friday 11 December between 10 – 12 to greet anyone who’d like to meet him.

Freddy in mug
Freddy – our new mascot


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About us

April Lodge Guinea Pig Rescue was established in 2004 and we have cared for over 1650 unwanted guinea pigs in our 11 year history. We’re proud to say that over 1500 of these went on to be adopted and around 100 went into foster care. We endeavour to find our guinea pigs kind, loving, permanent homes following a poor start in life.

Registered with the Charities Commission, number 1121002 since 2007
Charity Founder: Val Savage B.A.R., Guinea Pig Health Advisor

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