Mouth sniffing behaviours

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Harri-s Mum_35

Post   » Tue Oct 03, 2023 1:47 am

Hi all
I recently adopted 3 sows maybe about 4 or 5 weeks ago? One of the new girls seems to be OBSESSED with smelling/sniffing my OG (desexed) boar's mouth. He seems to tolerate it and I've seen him groom her occasionally. At times, she is so intent she will stand on the bowl's edge to be able to get high enough to get up in there! I would estimate her age to be approx. one to two years old. They all eat the same food so not sure if this is it, however, it mostly occurs during food time.
Does anyone have any insights into this adorable behaviour?

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Post   » Tue Oct 03, 2023 7:43 am

Boars do have different odors - maybe they are intriguing? Since all healthy guinea pigs practice coprophagy (eating their own cecal feces directly from the butt) and these cecal feces are quite odiferous, it may be a scent related to that behavior she is drawn to.

Meanwhile, I suggest you do a little mouth sniffing (for comparison) to see if there happens to be any particular odor emanating from your boar's mouth. Could be an abscess or pockets of fermented food in the mouth?

Other than these few ideas, it may just be an unusual behavior.

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