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Man who bought a house that came with 10 guinea pigs now has 80




Cid knows each of his 80 guinea pigs by name (Image: Cid Dwyer / SWNS)

This man didn’t expect to end up with 80 guinea pigs living in his back garden.

In February 2022, Cid Dwyer moved into a new house in Sydney, Australia and found that the previous tenant had left 10 guinea pigs behind.

“I just thought, ‘These are cute, I’ll leave them hanging around here,’” said the 25-year-old.

But within a few weeks the guinea pigs had multiplied.

The males impregnated the females and Cid couldn’t separate them.


The herd grew to 80 in just under a year before he was finally able to stop them from mating.

They all live in his back garden now and Cid spends his days looking after and hanging out with his furry friends.

25-year-old Cid Dwyer and his guinea pig (Photo: Cid Dwyer / SWNS)

Cid, a content creator, can recognize them all by their topical names.

He added: “I named a Claudia after Claudia Winkleman because she has long hair that covers her face – like bangs.

“One is Curious George because he’s always so curious.”

He too has his favourites.


“Cookie Dough, whose fur is patterned with chocolate chips, is one of my favorites,” he added.

Feeding time (Image: Cid Dwyer / SWNS)

Cid was shocked when he first realized four baby guinea pigs had been born – and the group had grown from 10 to 14.

It was cute at first, he said, until more females started giving birth.

He added: “The males all wanted to impregnate them.

“I put up a fence, but one male still managed to get in.

“Now I’ve built a new enclosure for the females to keep it under control.”

Cid spends his day tending to his flock (Image: Cid Dwyer / SWNS)

The herd has plenty of outdoor exercise with guinea pig-friendly plants and wood.

They even have small covered areas of their enclosure to protect them from the rain.

Cid starts his day by setting out four trays of homegrown barley grass, kibble, and sometimes a carrot or watermelon for a little sweet treat.

Cid built an enclosure in his backyard (Image: Cid Dwyer / SWNS)
It costs almost £8,000 a year to keep guinea pigs (Image: Cid Dwyer / SWNS)

He also cleans her linens every day before spending time hanging out.

“You lead a nice life,” Cid said.

“You are very spoiled.”

However, giving them this lifestyle doesn’t come cheap.


Cid spends £115 a week on food for the pets and has to treat them for lice and fleas every three months – which costs £600.

In all, that adds up to nearly £8,000 a year.

Cid’s annual expenses for the guinea pigs:

Food: £5,520

Flea treatment: £2,400


Total: £7,920

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Reese Witherspoon, Jim Toth announce plans to divorce




LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reese Witherspoon and her husband say they are divorcing after nearly 12 years of marriage.

The actress and producer and her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, announced their split in a joint statement on Instagram on Friday. Your wedding day is Sunday.

“We made the difficult decision to divorce with great care and thought,” the post reads. “We have shared so many wonderful years together and we move forward with deep love, kindness and mutual respect for all that we have created together.”

Witherspoon and Toth have a son together and they said he remains their top priority and asked for privacy.

The authenticity of the statement was confirmed by a Witherspoon representative. No record of a divorce petition could be found in the Los Angeles Superior Court.


Witherspoon was previously married to actor Ryan Phillippe, with whom she has two children.

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Monkey Island Estate Review | Escapes




Today’s Monkey Island Estate Hotel in Bray-on-Thames has a colorful history – the unusual name possibly dates back hundreds of years when the small island in the middle of the Thames was settled by local monks. However, the Grade I listed buildings you see today are more recent, having been built by the 3rd Duke of Marlborough in 1723 as a fishing retreat (okay for some). He commissioned the Palladian architect Robert Morris to build two buildings: a two-storey fisherman’s temple and an octagonal fisherman’s pavilion for sleeping and dining, both of which still stand today. The property had various uses, attracting royalty, authors, musicians and hosting several famous parties over the decades, but was neglected for years before luxury hotel group YTL bought and renovated the property.

Now a fully operational luxury hotel, Monkey Island Estate has to be one of the most unique places in the country. History aside, the setting is really something special, on this tiny island in the middle of the Thames, which you can access by crossing a small footbridge. For Londoners, getting there has never been easier Elizabeth line now direct from London to Maidenhead. We boarded at Farringdon and were in Maidenhead in an hour; From there it is a 10 minute taxi ride to Monkey Island. Do look for road works though as the line only ran as far as Paddington for our return journey the next day.

Over on the island we checked into our room, the Wedgwood Suite, which is one of the grandest on offer, complete with wood paneling, detailed sculpted ceilings, an original fireplace, and windows on each side of the room that allow for many different views across the island and the river. In this room you can feel the history of the place. However, there are also all modern comforts and conveniences, including a TV, Nespresso machine and USB chargers. There is a more modern marble decked bathroom with heated floors (very welcome on the cold March day we visited) and a huge bath and shower.

Due to the island’s protected status, YTL was unable to construct new buildings, so they found a great solution to offer guests spa services – a floating spa on a boat moored to one side of the island. A quick hop down and you can hop on board for a very relaxing massage whilst floating on the Thames. We told you that this place is unique.

The rest of the grounds are fun to explore, although it only takes a few minutes to circle the island. It may be small but you still feel wonderfully relaxed surrounded by rushing water on all sides as you walk around. At the other end of the island there are some very elegant chickens and beehives, so it’s worth exploring.

While one of the original buildings is dedicated to guest rooms, the other is dedicated to bars and restaurants, all open to both guests and visitors. The Monkey Bar is light and airy and has a great outdoor terrace in summer; The Monkey Room is a cozy parlor with a roaring fireplace and a ceiling covered in 17th-century frescoes with lots of…monkeys; and finally there is the main restaurant, the Monkey Island Brasserie. The Brasserie offers classic dishes like shrimp cocktail, steak tartare, fish and chips and the Monkey Island Brie Burger. Breakfast is served in the brasserie the next morning and there is also a Sunday Roast Menu to see if you are there on a Sunday.


All in all, Monkey Island is a great little escape from London and really super easy to get to on the Elizabeth Line. YTL did a great job of restoring the property to its former glory and breathing new life into it.

Bray, Maidenhead SL6 2EE

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Baby who ‘sang before he could talk’ goes viral on TikTok




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‘He always was To sing“Since he can make a sound, it’s a harmony,” said Mada Cantwell, 27, of her one-year-old son Taidgh.

Taidgh’s fondness for music drew attention tick tockwhere Mada shared a video of her little one singing – in almost perfect pitch – to the traditional gospel song This Little Light of Mine.

Taidgh seems to know all the words, although he can’t pronounce them correctly.

The adorable video has racked up more than a million views on TikTok, and Mada, from Kilkenny, Ireland, is even considering sending him to singing lessons at some point.


“I just encourage him to sing. I might sign him up for singing lessons in the future, but only if he wants to,” she said.

“I think I could have a little musician on my hands.”

Mada thinks Taidgh comes after her and her husband who are always singing and dancing (Image: Mada Cantwell / SWNS)

She believes Taidgh’s apparent talent was influenced by his family: both Mada and her husband Larry often dance and sing around the house.

“I always sing and dance around the house, and so does his father and his brother,” she said.

Larry, 31, is equally pleased with his son’s singing skills: “I’m his number one groupie, his biggest fan,” he said.

Taidgh will only sing for mum and dad (Image: SWNS)

However, little Taidgh is far from a performer – he prefers to sing in the privacy of his own home and keeps his notes for mum and dad’s ears only.

“He sings every day, but he’s a bit shy, so he doesn’t really sing in front of people,” Mada said.


“The reception he had on Tiktok was amazing.

“I’m the proudest mom. Everyone was very sweet.’

Who knows, maybe Taidgh will top the charts for the next two decades.

We’ll keep our eyes open.

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