This time, it was a bit more gruesome than a simply protozoan infection. They were mauled and eaten.
Two died. Two are alive, one with nasty injuries.
|One of the survivors. Poor thing has some serious gashes on its neck and left wing.|
Not so, apparently.
I honestly have no idea how they were killed. The guineas were too big to escape, so there's no way that something bigger than they could have gotten in, then back out, and done the deed.
Based on the crime scene, it looks like the raccoon (my best guess) stalked them by the waterer and reached through the openings in the cage to grab them and eat them. Mind you, the raccoon would have to be outside of the cage whilst the guineas be inside.
Evidence pointing to this was in the form of a cluster of feathers and some uneaten parts (including a single leg) right outside the cage. Feathers were stuck to the cage bars, and there were more immediately inside.
|These feathers are all that's left of two of my poor guineas.|
There is safety in numbers, if not in dog crates. :(