"Guinea pigs are the perfect pet for kids..."
This is commonly heard in the world of pets. It's also a common misconception! They are not the perfect pet for a child.
"Cuddles (left) was an elderly sow, and had some health issues. Her eyes bulged out of their sockets, she huffed and puffed because her lungs were restricted with scar tissue and she had a broken toe and ribs. Our vet, on examination of her, came to the conclusion that she had been squeezed by an over-enthusiastic child..."