David (5yrs approx) was given up and held with a fosterer for 3 yrs due to the fact that she was concerned he’d be given up again having already been through 5 homes. When we got him home he was skittish and very timid. We tried having him with our other guinea pigs but he seemed terrified of them and would hide under towels (he’s twice the size of our largest other cavy) or run away. He never tried to engage with them nor with us. One day about 6 wks after we got him home we woke to find our pet Rat Darwin sleeping next to a very relaxed David.
Since moving him into our rat cage with our 2 rats he’s gone from being scared of everything to being a very happy, vocal piggie with lots of love to give.