In Ecuador, a very small percentage of the population eat Guinea Pig. Called cuy, originating from the sound the animal makes, it is a domesticated farm animal and not hunted. To be treated to a cuy feast is considered quite an honor in Ecuador culture as it is a delicacy often reserved for special occasions like christenings or weddings. Cuyes are sold live at markets, cooked by street vendors and served in urban restaurants. Most people who eat them for the first time do it as a dare or to be adventurous. Others find it disconcerting to see the lovable little critters being eaten with relish after being roasted, fricasseed, fried, broiled, boiled or made into soup.