A rather fascinating, amusing and adventurous creatures, Ferrets are quirky little animals belonging to mustelid family including weasels, minks, badgers and wolverine. They are inquisitive, playful and endlessly interesting. Here are some interesting facts about ferrets which proves the point.
1. Sleep lovers
2. Little thieves
The Latin name for Ferrets which is Mustelaputoriusfuro means “smelly little thief” which is quite appropriate. By nature, they are hoarders and love to steal things and hide them at secret places. If you have a pet ferret and a missing key, you know who to blame.
3. Ferrets can Dance
In the wild, Stouts and Ferrets perform a hypnotic dance which throws their prey in trance. They arch their back, puff their tails and move from side to side.
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4. Smelly Animals
5. It’s illegal to own a ferret at some places
6. Newborn Ferret can fit a teaspoon
7. Social and Outgoing
8. Ferret legging is a horrible sport
A horrifying sport by the name of “Ferret Legging” is played in various places around the world. The participants drop two live ferrets into their pants which are clinched off from ankles and waist. The animal bites to get free and the winner is one, who withstands the torture for the longest time.
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9. Ferrets are Carnivores
10. Some Ferrets are Professionals
Ferrets love burrowing and this skill is used professionally. When wires cannot be pushed through tunnel rods, ferrets are used to pull wires through underground tunnels and help lay the wires.
11. Queen Victoria owned a Ferret
The great Queen Victoria had albino ferrets and even gifted them to her near and dear ones.
12. A group of Ferret is called “Business”
13. Ferrets can have distinctive health problems
Ferrets are known to suffer from lot of health problems. Cancers affecting adrenal glands, pancreas and lymphatic system are most common among other.
14. Ferrets were earlier domesticated for hunting
In the earlier times, ferrets were domesticated as they help in hunting. They are well equipped in running down the holes and driving other animals like rats and rabbits out of their holes.
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15. Ferrets are not trusted around babies
Even though ferrets are great pets for adults; they need to be kept away from babies. Several reports have shown that pet ferret attack babies in the absence of parents.
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16. Dead Sleep
So, we have established that ferrets love to sleep but did you know that ferrets can give an impression of being lifeless while sleeping. They cannot be wakened even when picked up or jolted.
17. Leonardo da Vinci painted ferret
18. Love dark places
19. Moody pets
Ferrets are known to be very temperamental. The usual behavior of ferrets is affected by its moods, sentiments and temperament. Now that is a lot of work for the owner of a ferret!
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