Despite their common name, these animals are not in the pig family Suidae, nor do they come from Guinea in Africa. They are originally from the Andes of South America. Spanish, Dutch, and English traders brought guinea pigs to Europe. The earliest known written account of the guinea pig dates from 1547, in a description of the animal from Santo Domingo. The guinea pig was first described in the West in 1554 by the Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner. The scientific name of the common species is Cavia porcellus, with porcellus being Latin for "little pig". How the animals came to be called "pigs" is not clear. They are built somewhat like pigs, with large heads relative to their bodies, stout necks, and rounded rumps with no tail of any consequence; some of the sounds they emit are very similar to those made by pigs, and they also spend a large amount of time eating. Now that you know a bit more about these cute animals, click start an join the cute cavy featured in this puzzle for a few minutes of play time in the park. Have fun!