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F Is For Ferret

Updated on April 16, 2013

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The ferret is a member of the weasel family. Due to the fact that wild ferrets are endangered, some US states have bans against owning any ferrets as pets in an attempt to prevent people releasing domestic ferrets into the wild population. In the states where they are permitted as pets, they have grown in popularity over the past few decades due to their fun personalities and the fact that they are as easy to care for as cats.

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Ferrets are a member of the weasel family and were domesticated in Europe to be used in rabbit hunting. Baby ferrets are called "kits."

Wild ferrets are a creamy-yellow color with black feet and masking. Domestic ferrets come in two colorings: sable (a brown color) and albino (white with pink eyes).

The most important thing to know about ferrets is not to confuse the domestic (pet) types and the wild ones. Wild ferrets are endangered and should not be kept as pets. Pet ferrets don't know how to survive in the wild and should not be released into the outdoors.

What Do Ferrets Eat?

Ferrets are carnivores and wild ferrets eat a lot of small rodents as the main part of their diet. The North American black-footed ferret mostly eat prairie dogs.

Ferret Videos

Ferrets have a great sense of curiosity and they tend to be natural comedians when filmed.

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