BERWYN – It is an international heartache: Millions of guinea pigs can be found around the world, living their lives without names. A stand is being taken and ground zero is the Berwyn Public Library.
Children and adults alike are invited to submit a name for the library's own female guinea pig, who is located at the back of the library's southeast corner of the first floor, sitting atop the Youth Circulation Desk.
Name suggestion should be submitted before June 21. Staff will then go through all the suggestions and pick a name from among them them the following week. Its not a contest, Youth Services supervisor Kathleen Behrendt said. While there's no prize for picking the winning name, Behrendt said patrons can get the satisfaction of knowing that the brown and white fur ball will be a who, and not an it.
Meanwhile, "Jane Doe" quietly nibbles away on alfalfa before she takes a run around the cage before her nap.
"Everyone has their own nickname for her," Behrendt said of the current rodent's current situation.
The library purchased the Guinea pig from Petco, Behrendt said. She's seven months old, about the size of a Beanie Baby, but will be getting bigger, Behrendt said.
While library staff are entrusted with taking care of the princess pig, she has transcended being a mere part of the library collection.
"Technically, she belongs to everyone in Berwyn," Behrendt said.