Saturday, March 17, 2012
Speculative Zoology #1: Guinea Pig
In the far distant future, the human race has fallen and their pets have escaped and made a life for themselves as feral creatures. The short legged guinea pig seems an unlikely survivor, and many fell prey to feral cats and dogs, but a small remnant population managed to cling to survival, evading capture.
Over time the guinea pig began to adapt to an arboreal environment. Their toes grew longer, better for clambering through the tree branches, as did their legs. Now they browse upon leaves and berries, scrambling up high into the narrow branches where cats cannot pursue them and, up in the trees, dogs can no longer reach them. Filling the niche of monkeys, they have now radiated out from that spot and call many of the new forests "home".