GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
"What's up, Twix?" I ask as I hold the little guinea-pig in my hands.
In the past 6 weeks, the little thing has blossomed big-time. She's undergone a miraculous transformation. In true Guinea-pig-Cindarella fashion she has morphed from a malnourished, bitten and terrified little GP into a real beauty. This has all happened since the 13th July. It's amazing what a little bit of TLC and some good food can do for an animal.
Yet, something is not quite right with littleTwix. Only three days ago she bit me. It was totally out of character and led me to question what on earth is going on. Usually she's tame and more than willing to cuddle, but this time I got a firm warning not to press my luck. What's up little one?
"Maybe she's lonely," I suggested to the Boss. He shakes his head in disbelief - knowing that I'd buy another GP at the drop of a hat in order to alleviate her angst .
"No, no more!" is his reply.
"Well, what's going on?" I re-direct. He keeps shaking his head. It's mystifying.
I lift the little pig onto my chest and sit down in a comfortable chair. I am determined to spend some time observing her and attempting to uncover the mystery. What is ailing her?
Suddenly it happens and realisation hits me. My fingers are tucked underneath her and a small, but all-too-familiar ripple pulses across my fingers - it's the unmistakable sign that a miracle is underway. I look at her in total surprise.
"Twix? No!.....uhm, surely? No, it can't be!"
"What's up?" the Boss asks
"Ummmm.....I have a feeling that Twix is pregnant!"
The Boss dissolves into a fit of laughter. It's the second time this has happened to us...'Purchased Pregnant!' It appears that not only was she in shocking condition when we 'rescued' her, but she was pregnant as well....
How can this possibly happen to a single household - TWICE in a matter of months? Twix has had no interaction with the other GP's belonging to Miss R. Besides, 'Scotch' (the male) has been neutered. Little Twix, despite her appalling state when I rescued her, must have been pregnant before she arrived.
I simply can't believe i!. She was so, so young when I 'rescued' her. Yet, the miracle of life has defied us all. It's only a matter of time before the inevitable happens and our dear little Twix will finally have the 'company' she may have always wanted. Oops!
Isn't this simply miraculous? I am in a state of disbelief.
(Left: Mr Scotch)