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           FERRET FUN.

 

    NOTHING TO SELL ON THIS PAGE, JUST A BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT MY FERRETS, A FEW FACTS, A PERSONALITY TEST AND A SCULPTURE...

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I HAVE BEEN KEEPING FERRETS SINCE 2001. 

FERRETS ARE THE DOMESTICATED VERSION OF THE POLECAT AND HAVE BEEN KEPT AS PETS FOR HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND USED AS A HUNTING ANIMAL. TODAY THEY ARE STILL USED TO HUNT RABBITS BUT ALSO MAKE A CHARMING PET FOR THOSE WITH TIME TO CARE PROPERLY FOR THEM. 

FERRETS ARE INTELLIGENT CREATURES, VERY CURIOUS ABOUT EVERYTHING AND WILL NOT THRIVE IF DUMPED IN A CAGE AND LEFT THERE WITH NO STIMULATION.

THEY HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BITING AND CAN INFLICT SEVERE WOUNDS, BUT THIS NORMALLY HAPPENS ONLY WHEN AN ANIMAL HASN'T BEEN HANDLED ENOUGH AT A YOUNG AGE. MY OWN ANIMALS ARE HANDLED ON A DAILY BASIS AND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH NIPPING, WHICH THEY WILL OCCASIONALLY DO WHEN PLAYING. THEY ARE LIKE YOUNG PUPPIES IN THIS RESPECT. THEY NEED A CONFIDENT AND SYMPATHETIC KEEPER.

 

I HAVE HAD 19 FERRETS IN ALL, HERE'S A FEW LINES ABOUT THE FIRST SEVEN.

 

HELIX AND TANTO.

 

AT ABOUT 4 MONTHS HELIX FELL BEHIND A FOLDED DRAWING BOARD AND WAS CAUGHT BY THE NECK. NEARLY DIED. HE LIVED TILL THE AGE OF 6 YEARS 4 MONTHS. OF THE TWO, HELIX WAS AN ALL ACTION FERRET, LOVING TO CLIMB AND PLAY, MOCK-FIGHT HIS BROTHER AND GET INTO THINGS HE SHOULDN'T. FAVOURITE TOY: BUBBLE WRAP.

TANTO WAS QUIET BUT DETERMINED. HE HAD A POWERFUL INSTINCT TO HIDE THINGS AND LIKED TO SLEEP ON HIS BACK WITH HIS TONGUE STICKING OUT. BEFORE HE WAS TOILET TRAINED HE LIKED NOTHING BETTER THAN TO LEAVE A LITTLE SURPRISE FOR ME IN THE TOOLBOX. LIVED TO 6 YEARS 5 MONTHS. FAVOURITE TOY: A SET OF ALLAN KEYS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIZZZ.

 

THE ONLY BROWN FERRET I HAVE HAD SO FAR - THE OTHER SIX WERE/ARE ALBINOS (WHITE WITH PINK EYES). A SWEET LITTLE GIRL, MISCHIEVOUS AND WRIGGLY AND ABLE TO STAND UP TO THE ROUGH-HOUSING OF HELIX AND TANTO, AND LATER DIGGER. FIZZZ WAS FASCINATED BY HUMAN EARS AND FELT OBLIGED TO WASH ANY SHE CAME ACROSS. SHE LIVED 5 YEARS 7 MONTHS. FAVOURITE TOY: A SQUEAKY CHRISTMAS TREE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGGER.

 

THE BIGGEST FERRET I'VE EVER HAD, DIGGER CAME VIA A FRIEND WHO HAD FOUND HIM ADVERTISED IN THE PAPER.  HE WAS A REALLY LOVELY ANIMAL, VERY TRACTABLE AND PLAYFUL. HE WAS UNNEUTERED WHEN I GOT HIM AND LOVED TO GO FOR A WALK ON HARNESS AND LEAD. THE VET THOUGHT THIS WAS PROBABLY BECAUSE HE WAS LOOKING FOR LADY FERRETS. DIGGER WOULD WALK 2 MILES AROUND THE FIELDS WITH ME ALMOST EVERY DAY. LIVED TO AT LEAST 5 YEARS OLD. FAVOURITE TOY: A FLOWERPOT FULL OF COMPOST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHICKADEE.

 

'JILL WANTED. Lonely Hob Ferret in Hayle area, (interests include long walks, snuggling and bouncing) seeks sexually mature Female Ferret for lifetime companionship and reproduction. Colour not an issue.'

CHICKADEE ARRIVED AS A RESULT OF THE ABOVE ADVERT WHICH I PLACED IN THE LOCAL PAPER. SHE WAS A BLACK-EYED WHITE, QUIET AND FRIENDLY, A BIT RESERVED BUT A NICE GIRL. AFTER A SHORT QUARENTINE SHE MET DIGGER. ALL THAT THE MATING RESULTED IN WAS A PHANTOM PREGNANCY. SHE WAS AT LEAST 5 OR 6 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE DIED, POSSIBLY OLDER. FAVOURITE TOY: A BIG PILE OF DRY LEAVES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XIS AND YAHOO.

 

THESE TWO WERE BORN IN 2010. THEY WERE LUCKY TO GET THIS FAR. XIS ('EK-SIS' - SIX BACKWARDS) AND YAHOO WERE DUMPED BY SOME HEARTLESS GIT ON WASTE GROUND NEAR WHERE I WAS LIVING, AT THE AGE OF ABOUT 10 WEEKS, WITH THEIR MOTHER AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER SIBLING. THE SIBLING WAS FOUND AND GIVEN TO ANOTHER FERRET KEEPER, THE MOTHER RAN AWAY AND COULDN'T BE CAUGHT.

 

XIS WAS BOLD AND BRIGHT. OVER THE NEXT FORTNIGHT I REMOVED 170 TICKS FROM HIS BODY, HAVING HAD HIM CHECKED AT THE VET'S. FAVOURITE TOY: A PLASTIC BALL WITH A BELL IN IT.

 

HIS SOLITARY LIFE WAS BROKEN 6 DAYS LATER WHEN YAHOO TURNED UP. HE WAS THIN AND DIRTY, BUT ONLY HAD A COUPLE OF TICKS ON HIM. HIS HEALTH IMPROVED AS HE BENEFITTED FROM PROPER CARE. YAHOO WAS THE GENTLEST OF ALL MY FERRETS. HE LOVED TO BE CUDDLED AND REALLY ENJOYED HIS BED. FAVOURITE TOY: A SQUEAKY FURRY TOY FERRET. AND ALL FERRETS LIKE A TUBE TO RUN DOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XIS DIED AT THE AGE OF SIX YEARS ONE MONTH FROM AN ENLARGED HEART, WHICH IS VERY COMMON IN OLDER FERRETS. YAHOO LIVED TO SIX YEARS SIX MONTHS, SPENDING THE LAST FOUR MONTHS OF HIS LIFE INDOORS. HE SLEPT ON MY BED DURING THE DAY AND IN THE LOUNGE AT NIGHT. HE HAD A BENIGN FATTY LUMP IN HIS BODY CAVITY BUT DIED FROM ALUTIAN DISEASE, WHICH WASTES THE BODY AWAY AND IS INCURABLE. HE WAS A HAPPY FERRET UNTIL HIS LAST FEW DAYS, STILL ENJOYING TEA WITH SOYA MILK, CHICKEN AND BEEF TO EAT AND LOTS OF CUDDLES.

 

THEY USED TO LIVE OUT OF DOORS IN A LARGE TWO TIER CAGE WHICH I MADE FOR THEM. THEY HAD AN HOUR OR SO EXERCISING IN THE GARAGE EVERY DAY, (NO CAR, CARPET ON FLOOR, LOADS OF TOYS, OLD ARMCHAIR TO PLAY IN, ETC., ETC.) AND I THINK THEIR LIFE OUT OF DOORS HAS BEEN HEALTHY FOR THEM. ARTIFICIAL LIGHT CAN REALLY SCREW UP A FERRET'S HORMONE LEVELS. HELIX, WHO LIVED INDOORS ALL HIS LIFE DIED OF ADRENAL CANCER, PROBABLY CAUSED BY ARTIFICIAL LIGHT LEVELS. 

 

 

CHECK THE SECTION BELOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE A TANTO OR A DIGGER, A CHICKADEE OR A YAHOO. AND WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL JOB.

 

TANTO:

NEVER VERY VERBAL, A QUIET THINKER, NOT VERY ATHLETIC, GOOD AT HIDING THINGS FOR LATER, KEEN ON TOOLS.

JOBS: INVENTOR, RESEARCHER, BANKER.

 

HELIX:

A BORN CLIMBER, GOOD BALANCE, LIVELY, GREGARIOUS, AFFECTIONATE.

JOBS: BUILDER, MOUNTAINEER, JOURNALIST.

 

FIZZZ:

HIGH LEVEL OF CLEANLINESS, TOUGH WITH OPPONENTS LARGER THAN HERSELF, FRIENDLY, ENTHUSIASTIC, FUNNY.

JOBS: BEAUTICIAN, NURSE, SOLDIER.

 

DIGGER:

HIGH STAMINA, ALPHA MALE, HANDSOME, ATTRACTIVE TO THE OPPOSITE SEX, NOSY.

JOBS: PERSONAL TRAINER, MODEL, GIGOLO.

 

CHICKADEE:

SELF CONTAINED, COULD BE ALOOF, SERIOUS, COPED WITH POOR HEALTH, FOOLED US WITH A PHANTOM PREGNANCY.

JOBS: OBSTETRICIAN, LAB TECHNICIAN, STAGE MAGICIAN.

 

XIS:

ACTIVE, INTELLIGENT, BRAVE, FREE SPIRITED, LIKES TO DOMINATE THE OPPOSITION.

JOBS: RACING DRIVER, TEACHER, EXPLORER.

 

YAHOO:

VERY RELAXED, SOMETIMES TIMID, CAN SLEEP ANYWHERE, ENJOYS A QUIET LIFE, EMPATHIC. JOBS: WRITER, THERAPIST, ACTOR.  

 

 

HOW DID YOU DO? GOT ANY MORE JOB SUGGESTIONS? EMAIL ME AT linda.ezlxq141@gmail.com   THANK YOU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND FINALLY... A PHOTO OF A FERRET SCULPTURE WHICH I COMMISSIONED FROM ST. IVES WOODCARVER WHARTON LANG. WHARTON WAS FROM BAVARIA ORIGINALLY AND A THIRD GENERATION WOODCARVER. HE DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB HERE, WORKING FROM MY PHOTOGRAPHS. HE ALSO MET XIS TO SEE HOW A FERRET MOVES AND STANDS. WHARTON DIED IN 2014 AT THE AGE OF 85. I WAS ENRICHED BY KNOWING HIM AND AM ESPECIALLY PLEASED HE WAS ABLE TO MAKE THIS FERRET FOR ME. THE HANDS ARE STILLED BUT THE BEAUTY LIVES ON.

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