Really Worried About Beans And Toast, Not Sure What's Happened?

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I'm not sure what's just happened...

I was sitting talking to the pigs, they were both in their own hay boxes, absolutely fine. I looked away for a second then heard Beans running into another hidey house. It was so fast that it made me look to see what happened. Beans looked absolutely terrified and was breathing so fast and so loud that she was making a strange chirping noise, so loud my mum came in from the living room to see what was happening. Her body was rocking back and forth as her heart was beating so fast.

Toast looked equally as terrified, glued to the side of the cage and wouldn't move.

After a few minutes Beans breathing calmed down but she still looked terrified and was acting really jittery.

She won't really let me pet her and she was running about the cage almost as if she doesn't know where she is... she seems really confused and scared but I don't know what's happened...

Toast is acting a bit odd too, but not as bad as Beans.

I don't know if maybe Toast bit Beans or something? But there was so sound or anything, everything went from being fine to Beans darting out of her box to another one like she was scared of something.


I can't understand it and I'm not to sure what to do now. Beans won't go sit in her hay box like they usually do at night, she's ran around the cage as if she doesn't know where she is and now she's sitting at the opposite end of the cage from Toast and won't move, she still has a petrified look on her face..

Anyone got any ideas I'm really worried about her :no:
 

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Please take a deep breath and calm down!

Guinea pigs are prey animals; they sometimes spook for no obvious reason. They are also group animals. If one of them makes a sudden dash, they all do the same and ask questions only later after any real or perceived danger has passed. Your girls may be a bit more jittery for the next few hours or day, with their prey instinct on full alert, but they will settle down again.

It happens here occasionally, only that I have got two dozen piggies in several cages instinctively diving for safety if one them spooks. They can be quite good at setting each other off, once their survival instincts have been triggered again.
 

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I agree with @Wiebke , the only one of mine that never gets spooked is fudge- and thats because I'm 99% sure shes deaf in her old age!

Turn the light off and leave them be x
 

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Thanks. I know I probably sound like I'm being silly but I just don't understand what's happened.

There were no loud noises or bangs so I don't get what's scared them?

Toast seems to be fine now, she's taking pellets from my hands and coming out into the open.

Beans will not move from under her wooden bridge, she'll stick her nose out to take a pellet from my hand but that's all.
She's not being herself at all, she's acting like she doesn't recognise her surroundings..

Would it be best for me to just step back and leave them too it? I feel like I need to watch incase anything happens to her :(

I know I must sound ridiculous, I know piggies scare easily but they've never done this before. Seeing Beans like that, it was like she was going to have a heart attack the way she was breathing :(
 

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Guinea pigs have finer hearing than us (especially in higher ranges). They also react to any sudden movement over a distance. I can set off mine just fine after by turning round in my chair or getting up unexpectedly after having typed away at my little desk for a while, especially if they are peacefully napping away and not braced for any interruptions.

It just happens, and it doesn't take much the way they a wired. Sometimes, it is just the feeling of being startled somehow that can do it. :mal:
 

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Beans sounds very startled. It happens with our girls from time to time and one of them is always more wide eyed than the other and takes a little longer to return to normal calmness. You'll find she calms down in a while. Pop a tasty treat in with her and give her a little time to realise all is fine. X
 

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Sometimes even walking I to the room sets Quinn off. You're just being a caring mummy not crazy x
 

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Beans has went back into her hay box and munching. She still seems a bit off but she's fine now.

I know people will be thinking I completely overreacted, they just got a fright. But the look on their little faces and the way Beans was acting.. it was horrible.

They're still a bit jittery but they're snoozing for now. Thanks everyone :luv:
 

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Beans has went back into her hay box and munching. She still seems a bit off but she's fine now.

I know people will be thinking I completely overreacted, they just got a fright. But the look on their little faces and the way Beans was acting.. it was horrible.

They're still a bit jittery but they're snoozing for now. Thanks everyone :luv:
Good girls :) you're definitely not overreacting. You'll know what it is if it happens again now x
 

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Hope whatever it was that spooked them has passed. Mine were out free roaming and I think a spider spooked them- not sure- and it provoked mayhem like you described. Soon calmed down again.
 

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Yeah they're fine now thanks. Beans was a bit jittery for a few hours but they're back to normal.

I think it was just me who got a fright, never seen them act like that before :doh:
 
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