People often assume that the average guinea pig can’t do much more than eat, sleep, poop, and look cute, sometimes all at once. That’s simply because they’re too proud to mention their noble warrior heritage. You don’t see many guinea pig knights these days, but, should they be called to battle once more, their tiny suits of armour are still passed down from generation to generation, which, if if you know anything about guinea pigs, is A LOT of passing down.

Sadly, there isn’t always an heir to be found. That’s probably why mightys0x decided to auction off this awesome set of hand-made guinea pig scale-mail, which belonged to his dearly departed guinea pig named Lucky.

"This hand-made scale-mail and tiny steel helmet will keep you guinea pig protected and secure in all situations. The scale-mail is made from polished steel scales and steel rings. It was painstakingly "woven" by me over several weeks in an effort to better prepare my guinea pig Lucky for the dangers of the modern world. The helmet was purchased at a Renaissance Faire later as it was the perfect finishing touch.

Lucky mostly wore his armor to begrudgingly pose for photos - once on top of a remote-control jetski. Don’t worry - he never rode the thing in the water… I don’t think he would have had the balance.”

The auction ends on June 21st. Proceeds from the sale of Lucky’s armor will go to the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue in Virginia, the wonderful nonprofit organization from which Lucky was adopted years ago.

[via io9]