Help I lost my piggy

Vanessa01

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Yesterday i went on a field with my 5 weeks old piggy. I placed him on the grass and he started nibbling on the grass immediately. I turned around for a few seconds so i could put my stuff down and when i turned around, he wasn't there anymore. I searched everywhere but I could find him. I placed a box with hay and carrots, apples, melon on the grass in hopes that the little guy turns up. I went there today but he wasn't there... I really dont know where to look for him
 

dannif_piggies

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What was the reason you didn't have a enclosed run for him? Putting a guinea pig directly in a field is almost certainly going to make them scared out of their own skins and do nothing but the find the closest place to hide. The only advice I can give is to be persistent with returning to the spot for the next few days/week but with a piggy if they feel scared they will just keep running. Maybe others will be able to give you more advice. In future just provide an enclosed running area.
 

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Yesterday i went on a field with my 5 weeks old piggy. I placed him on the grass and he started nibbling on the grass immediately. I turned around for a few seconds so i could put my stuff down and when i turned around, he wasn't there anymore. I searched everywhere but I could find him. I placed a box with hay and carrots, apples, melon on the grass in hopes that the little guy turns up. I went there today but he wasn't there... I really dont know where to look for him
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Keep putting the carrier out, but don't hold out your hopes. Piggies love to explore and to wander off. And they have got a knack of disappearing. If it is an enclosed garden and their mates are nearby, they usually come back to the others failry quickly, but in an open meadow free roaming or escaping is a dangerous thing, even more so if it has nothing to come back to - no friends or familiar territory. Please keep in mind that guinea pigs are not wild animals, they are domesticated prey animals that live in territorial groups and that are not wired to be on their own.
You are not the first one to lose a wandering or spooked piggy from an open garden or field; especially any new piggies are at a very high risk to spooking and getting lost. :(

PLEASE never take a guinea pig into an open space in a territory it is not familiar with and therefore cannot find its way back, especially in a space where it is exposed to predators. If it is spooked by something, it may have well run into the wrong direction. Once they go exploring in the dense underground, you won't be able to see or find them, and your thrashing around will likely send them further away rather than bring them back once their prey animal instincts come to the fore - which they will likely already have been with an unbonded baby that has lost its whole family and friends it depends on when you bought it. :(

Guinea pigs and other rodents work by mapping out their territories and their marked and scented paths in very elaborate mental maps. Without having that map and without knowing where they, they are simply lost.
Guinea Pig Facts - A Short Overview
Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering And Cuddling Tips
 

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I can’t offer any advise that has already been given for your poor piggy :(

Please do remember to put all piggies in to a safe enclosed run when you want to give them run time from now on
 
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