Skip navigation

Small animals

Pets Corner

We have a range of small animals at the farm in our Pets Corner, including, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.

We try to promote public interaction with our small mammals and many of our small animals participate in animal handling sessions.



Rabbits are the domesticated cousins of their wild counterparts. Male rabbits are called bucks; females are called does. Rabbits typically feed on a nutrient poor diet, but unlike ruminants such as sheep and goats, they have only one stomach. To cope with this poor diet, rabbits reingest their own droppings to digest their food further and extract nutrients.

Rabbits are well known for their rate of reproduction and give birth after a 30 day gestation to a litter of babies called kits, which are blind and hairless for the first 4-5 weeks of their lives.


Guinea Pigs

Contrary to their names, Guinea Pigs are actually from the Andes region. The guinea pigs was domesticated around 5000 BC for food by tribes in South America. The taxonomic name of the guinea pig is Cavia porcellus, with porcellus meaning "little pig" in Latin. However, they have little relation to pigs, being rodents instead!

Guinea pigs are a social species and make a wide range of fascinating sounds from chutting to chirping. Unlike rabbits, guinea pig babies (called pups) are born fully furred and with their eyes open!

Join now!

Mudchute is a local charity, supported by your generous donations and volunteers. Become a member today from just £10/year to show your support and help shape our future.

Sponsor Small Animals

What's On