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Guinea pigs take to the polls ahead of Thursday's General Election

Polls were open early for these furry voters. Photo: Longleat Animal Adventure

A group of guinea pigs were the obvious candidates to try out a miniature polling station at Longleat this week.

The quartet of straw pollsters were among the first to leave their marks on the ballot paper ahead of this Thursday’s General Election.

Exercising their right to vote! Credit: Longleat Animal Adventure

The guinea pigs were offered a list of candidates which included Ms G Raff, Mrs C Lyon and Mr R Madillo representing a range of parties like the Liberal Meerkats, the Green Tree Frog party and the Boa Constrictor party

Forming an orderly queue... Credit: Longleat Animal Adventure

They were all extremely keen to get inside the Polling Station; although this may have had something to do with the chopped beans and carrots we had placed inside.

– Rebecca Earner, Longleat Keeper
Making a considered choice on the candidates. Credit: Longleat Animal Adventure

Keeper Rebecca said, “the entire process went extremely smoothly despite the fact there were a large number of spoiled ballots."

"We’re hoping our visitors enjoyed the early election and that it might just persuade a few more of them to turn up on Thursday to exercise their right to vote.”