Another choice for Christmas dinner

LIMA, Peru (AP) - December 16, 2008

Has your ham budget hit hard times?

How about some nice roast guinea pig for Christmas dinner?

The rodent is being touted as the other white meat by officials in Peru.

Called "cuy" in Peru, guinea pig is important in Andean folklore.

A painting of the Last Supper hanging in a Peruvian cathedral shows Christ and the 12 disciples feasting on guinea pig.

Yesterday, officials showed off some guiena pig dishes, including the rodents fried, roasted and broiled.

They also had a live pig dressed as Santa Claus.

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