The Guinea-Pig, or Cavi, pp.69-70.

[Three Hundred Animals Contents]

OR as the French call him, the Cochon d’Inde, is generally white with spots of red and black. He is a native of the Brazils, but now domesticated in most parts of Europe; it is a very prolific animal, breeding nearly every two months, and bringing from four to twelve at a litter. There is no doubt but this species belong to the genus of the rat and mouse, although one of its principal characteristics is the entire want of a tail, a limb generally so long and conspicuous in the others. There are several species of the Cavi which it would be useless to describe. 

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