A warning to all our readers! If you are a fan of this little critter you may want to skip this story). When the people of Peru in South America, say they love Guinea Pigs, they really mean it! This weekend thousands of them gathered to celebrate the third annual Guinea Pig Festival in the small coastal town of Huacho near Peru's capital Lima.
Guinea Pigs starred in all the festivities, which include competitions for the most fashionable guinea pig, fastest guinea pig, biggest guinea pig and ..........the tastiest guinea pig.
Yes, that is correct, for in Peru, guinea pigs are not considered cute pets, but a tasty treat.
According to the Peruvians who have been eating these critters since the time of the Incas, they taste better then rabbits, have very little grease and are very high in protein. They are eaten whole, either boiled or fried. Other more elaborate recipes include stuffing the pig with eggs and exotic spices.
Unlike larger animals, the guinea pig, which is native to the area, is found in abundance and grows quickly, making it a staple for people in the villages.
One of the chef's that was judging the contest thinks it is time to introduce guinea pig meat to fine-dining restaurants all over the world.
On a positive note, the winners of the competitions do not get served as food - at least not on festival day!
What do you think-Are you ready to try some guinea pig meat - be sure to add your comments below.