06.01.10

Fabulous Ferrets

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring…

…except for Shane and Carmen the fabulous silvermit and polecat ferrets who had a photo session at the studio! 

Ferrets are fun loving, curious pets who enjoy pouncing, jumping and investigating their surroundings – I know this because I used to have one! Or maybe one used to have me? Her name was Stinky and she delighted in attacking pillows and terrorising my cat Kasey.

Shane  and Carmen were equally as energetic  and they photographed beautifully, putting on a range of expressions and quirky poses.

Want to know more about ferrets?  Here is some info courtesy of  Wikipedia: Ferrets sleep 14-16 hours a day and when awake often actively solicit play with humans, in the form of hide-and-seek games, or through a predator and prey game in which either the human attempts to catch the ferret or the ferret attempts to catch the human. They will repeatedly carry small objects or food to secluded locations (like their bed or ‘nest’) and they form attachments to certain objects and will seek out and “steal” the same object and bring it to their hiding place.

When ferrets are excited, they perform a frenzied series of sideways hops, commonly referred to as the “Weasel War Dance”. It is an invitation to play or an expression of happy excitement and is not threatening. The ferret’s posture may become rigid with wide open jaws, momentary eye contact followed by thrashing or turning of the head from side to side, arching the back, and hopping to the side or backwards while facing the intended playmate. Often, this behaviour will break into a game of chase, pounce and wrestle.

“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston, originally published in 1823 as “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.

 

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