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Easter Guinea Pig Parade: Cavey Corner volunteer Amanda Runciman with Ella Smith, aged six, and a guinea pig.

Easter Guinea Pig Parade: Cavey Corner volunteer Amanda Runciman with Ella Smith, aged six, and a guinea pig.

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EVERYONE knows the Easter Bunny. But youngsters in Doncaster are now getting familiar with the Easter Guinea!

Bosses at the Bentley-based Cavy Corner guinea pig sanctuary have elbowed out the traditional Easter animal to give the guinea pig a shot at the job. Youngsters discovered the idea for themselves when the sanctuary ran an activity day at Sandall Beat Wood visitor centre.

Easter Guinea Pig Parade: Cavey Corner volunteers and yongsters who attended the event.

Easter Guinea Pig Parade: Cavey Corner volunteers and yongsters who attended the event.

Volunteers from the organisation brought in a number of the small animals to show the children and taught them how to make Easter Guineas from hard-boiled eggs.

Sanctuary founder Sue Tait was so pleased with the results that she launched a competition to find Doncaster’s best.

She said: “We thought it would be a bit different to try the Easter Guinea. Some of our volunteers made a few at home and brought them in to show the children the sort of thing you could do, using a hard boiled egg as the base.

“They were using felt, acrylic paint and fluffed up cotton wool to make them and the children made some really good creations.

Easter fun: Lily Hodgkinson, aged six.

Easter fun: Lily Hodgkinson, aged six.

“I think the Easter Guinea Pig is just as legitimate as the Easter Bunny and I think the children who made them at Sandall Beat showed that. I think it could catch on - I’d certainly like it to!

“Guinea pigs are a bit of an egg shape anyway, so they are the ideal animal.

“Next year we may try to make chocolate guineas instead of chocolate eggs.”

Sue is launching a competition to find the best Easter Guinea in Doncaster and is asking people to email in pictures of their efforts. Email Sue at sue@cavycorner.org to enter. The prize will be guinea pig related.

Easter fun: From left, Jacob Wilson, aged nine, Barbara Jukes, aged 13, Lily Hodgkinson, aged six, and Sam Hodgkinson, aged 11, with Easter guinea pigs.

Easter fun: From left, Jacob Wilson, aged nine, Barbara Jukes, aged 13, Lily Hodgkinson, aged six, and Sam Hodgkinson, aged 11, with Easter guinea pigs.

Cavy Corner relies on donations and Sue says the organisation welcomes donations of funds or vegetables for the animals. Log onto www.cavycorner.org for details.

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