Furry Friends and Friends with Fins
Fancy rats have been kept as pets since the Romans. They love to be handled by people, hardly ever bite and will even come when they’re called!
The Spanish introduced Guinea Pigs to Europe in the 1500s from South America. They’re also known as Cavies.
Gerbils were only discovered in the 1950s and almost all of the pet Mongolian Gerbils in the USA are related to the same parents!
Goldfish were first bred in China over 4000 years ago.
In 1839 the Syrian (Golden) Hamster was recognised as a ‘new’ species by the London Zoological Society, you can still see the female hamster (now stuffed!) at the London Natural History Museum.