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(WUSA9) -- Ricky is a tricolor, male guinea pig a little over a year old. You will get to see Ricky today on our noon show.

Ricky's former family claimed they couldn't give him enough love, says the staff at the Montgomery County Humane Society. He is hoping someone out there can.

Guinea pigs -- or cavies, as they are sometimes called -- are nice playmates and enjoy their humans. Montgomery County Humane Society staff say it might take a little time for him to trust you because you're so big compared to him!

Ricky's life span is about 5 to 8 years.

Learn more about guinea pigs at http://www.mchumane.org/GuineaPigCare.shtml, and learn all about what our different squeaks and squeals mean at http://jackiesguineapiggies.com/guineapigsounds.html

The Montgomery County Humane Society also has an upcoming event you may be interested in: theSt. Pawtrick's Day Party. It is being held on Thursday, March 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dogtopia of White Flint in Rockville, Md. For more information, visit:http://mchumane.org/StPawtrick.shtml