Their names are Buttercup and Cream.
You may have noticed that in this video, the baby guinea pig jumps pretty high when popcorning. This is to be expected because as we grow, our bodies grow more than our feet do.
What does this behavior mean? In general, it means we're happy and excited. Many guinea pigs will start popcorning because we're excited about the food our humans just gave us. Other times, we may just start popcorning randomly because we're feeling playful.
Popcorning can also show emotional excitement in a negative way, however. For example, some guinea pigs popcorn when they're startled by loud noises, like music or vacuum cleaners. Sometimes, popcorning can be combined with rumblestrutting (which is when we make a rumbling noise and walk with a sway; we'll probably do a post on this in the future). Someone called this behavior "rumble-corning." Rumble-corning is typically an aggitated display of dominance.
One forum poster described popcorning as "a kind of piggy exclamation-point," which is a great way of putting it. It could mean:
- "Food time! I'm so excited!"
- "Time to play!"
- "What is that noise! That's scary!"
- "Hey! Other piggy! Stop sniffing my butt!"
- "I'm the dominant pig around around here, and don't you forget it!"
You'll probably be able to figure out we're trying to say with our popcorning by looking at the context. Readers, have you seen your pigs popcorn? What were they trying to say to you?