Guinea pigs can live a few days without food for a few days. It has been a few days since Cassius has given birth, and one of her babies was lethargic. One of Cassius’s piglets has some major issues though. It is blind. Most of the time, blindness isn’t that big of a deal, but in this case, it is a genetic defect called microphthalmia.
This means that the eyes in the socket are too small (or not there) and the pig can’t see. This usually means that breeding of a Dalmatian x Dalmatian color, or a roan x roan color. In these breedings, 1 out of every 4 pigs have major issues and are white. This pig isn’t white, and neither Ron nor Cassius are visibly roaned or dalmation. Ron is a red and white bicolor, and Cassius is mostly brown, with a bit of white and orange on her cheeks.
But freak births happen.
However, some recessive roaning can be in the genetic makeup. Somewhere?!? I don’t know, but this pig can’t see, nor get food or warmth. So, I humanely ended his life, leaving me with 16 baby pigs.