Holly and Phil left fascinated by Lincoln woman’s 88 guinea pigs

Television presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield had plenty of questions after a woman from Lincoln introduced them to her herd of 88 guinea pigs.

Sophie Mason, from Lincoln, appeared on This Morning on Tuesday, April 27 to explain how she became the owner of such a large number of the animal.

The 31-year-old woman and her pets have now racked up over 20 million Facebook views, and are earning up to £40,000 per year through loyal online fans.

Purchasing what she thought was six female guinea pigs around four years ago, Sophie soon realised one of her herd was a male after some of the ladies grew slightly larger than normal bellies.

Following the births, Sophie was left with a total of 16 guinea pigs – but she didn’t stop there.

Taking part in a large-scale guinea pig rescue, Sophie “couldn’t bare” to part with the animals she had nursed back to health, and ended up with a whopping 88 furry friends.

Now, Sophie and the gang have racked up over 20 million Facebook views on their ‘Masons’ Cavies’ page.

The page can bring in over £40,000 per year, but that’s quickly eaten up by £20,000 worth of vet bills and a further £7,000 being spent on vegetables for the guinea pigs to snack on.

Sophie told the This Morning presenters: “What makes us different to everyone else is that the page has become very personalised, everybody knows the guinea pigs names and myself and my husband.

“With everybody going through such an awful situation in the last 12 months with lockdown and Covid, it’s just made people smile and give them something to enjoy – which I think why the page has become so popular.”

Sophie also said there are no plans to increase her personal heard, but she does plan to set up an official rescue where they can “save as many as possible and educate people”.

LincolnshireLive – Lincoln News