Guinea Pig Is Trying To Escape

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CavyIris

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Hi,
I have 2 guinea pigs (TinTin and Milou) the are both about 5 months old. I bought a guinea pig yesterday, (Marwin). she was a friends, but my friend couldnt afford her so i took her in. and she is for now in another cage for 2 more days until i have finished building their new cage, in which i will introduce them. However whenever i open her temporary cage just to refill hay and give her, her food and etc she runs like crazy and tries to jump out of it. it really scares me. And i wonder why she does that. My other girls have never acted like this.
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Hi,
I have 2 guinea pigs (TinTin and Milou) the are both about 5 months old. I bought a guinea pig yesterday, (Marwin). she was a friends, but my friend couldnt afford her so i took her in. and she is for now in another cage for 2 more days until i have finished building their new cage, in which i will introduce them. However whenever i open her temporary cage just to refill hay and give her, her food and etc she runs like crazy and tries to jump out of it. it really scares me. And i wonder why she does that. My other girls have never acted like this.
Thanks
Iris

Your piggy is obviously rather freaked out. Please cover he cage with a blanket to make her feel safe. Has she got a hidey?

Please take your time to read these guides. They are full of tips on how you can settle her down. We have also got lots of tips on how you avoid appearing as a predator on the hunt, as your girl is currently running on pure prey animal instinct. There is also a safe way to pick her up without risk her to make freak jumps.
How Do I Settle Shy New Guinea Pigs?
How To Understand Guinea Pig Instincts And Speak Piggy Body Language
How To Pick Up And Weigh Your Guinea Pig

Here are our bonding tips:
Illustrated Bonding / Dominance Behaviours And Dynamics
Behaviour and Bonding

We have got lots more guides for new owners, which you may find helpful for a smoother start: New Owners' " How To" Starter Kit
 

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I've had one piggy do this...my current rescue. When I took her out of the box I brought her home in she went crazy. She had been living in a herd at the rescue place so I introduced her to my existing two sooner than I would have done, and incredibly they accepted her immediately...I've never had that happen before. She is still timid but she stopped freaking out once she was with the other two. She is happier during cuddle time with another piggy next to her too.
 

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Thank you, really helps!
She has two hideys and ill cover the cage at once and start reading the guides.
Thank you both :)
 

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She is probably just scared in a new environment and rather than freezing, has decided to run whenever anything startles her. I have never had one actually jump out, but have had some new and timid pigs who would stampede whenever I put a hand in to add hay or spot clean the cage. They could have made a jump out had my big scary hand not been in the way!
 
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