Guinea pigs are curious creatures that aren't really pigs; they are rodents, similar to rats. It is said they were named guinea pigs because they have a squeal similar to pigs. Guinea pigs have bad eyesight, but are known to be fantastic swimmers. Because of their short legs, they are unable to climb. The Incredible Creatures Collection features Extra large, soft, playful, true-to-life vinyl replicas of some of the most amazing creatures in the world. Excellent learning tool to introduce young children to our delicate and often endangered inhabitants of our planet. A fun way to spark the innate curiosity of a child. Each replica is finely hand painted and accurate down to the last detail.