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Guinea pigs on film.

AS DISNEY'S latest film revives interest in keeping guinea pigs, a young Northumberland entrepreneur hopes to see a boost in her business.

Becky Magson, who runs an online business which sells guinea pig gifts and gives advice on looking after the animals, believes G-Force, an animated film about guinea pig spies, will raise the animals' profile.

The 27-year-old, who runs cavycapers.com, said: "The film will certainly give us a boost and I think that the movie is finally giving guinea pigs the credit they deserve."

In America, the blockbuster has already raised fears among animal rights groups that what they call the '101 Dalmations effect' will cause a rise in the number of guinea pigs left homeless by irresponsible owners.

And Becky added: "I hope if people are thinking of getting one, they will visit my site, as there is a lot of ignorance about the animals.

"A lot of people think guinea pigs are an easy pet to have so they just buy them for their kids to look after, but people don't realise that they require certain things."

Cavycapers.com, run from West Molesden, near Morpeth, has customers all over the world who log on for advice on keeping guinea pigs and to buy a range of related products such as luxury beds, nail trimmers and even eye balm.

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