CHURIN, Peru -- Peru's celebration of the guinea pig included contests for the biggest, the best-dressed _ and the tastiest. The second annual festival of the cuy, as guinea pigs are known in the Andes, brought brass bands into the streets of highland Churin on Sunday to celebrate all things related to the furry rodents.
There was also a competition for the biggest guinea pig; the winner weighed in at almost 8 pounds of flesh, fat and fur. And some competed in a fashion show of traditional Andean dress, with guinea pigs decked out in fedoras and frilly skirts looking like Disney cartoons come to life.
An 8 pound guinea pig!!! Our sheltie weighs 8 pounds. I knew that they were a delicacy in Peru, what I didn't know was that people dress them up. I think I just found a new hobby. Expect to see some guinea pig glamour shots coming up. That's a great idea for a new business. Glamour Shots for Pets. I'll get right on that.