A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Clooney the beggar

Clooney gets 2 "treats" every day.  One of these is truly a treat - a rawhide stick.  They come in a hot pink bag with a zip top.  He knows what they look like and where they are kept.  If you venture to that area of the kitchen for anything he is convinced that you are going to get him his treats.  When you hand him the stick he takes it in his mouth and then goes to one of two places to eat it.  Most often he goes into the laundry room on the rug and lays in there to munch his stick.  There are times when all the critter siblings are around when he feels like someone might take his stick so he uses his head to open the lazy susan cabinet door and climbs in there to eat it where its safe.  Not sure why he thinks he has to protect his treat - its not like anyone has ever stolen his stick.

Ferretone is the other "treat" - its actually something he needs daily.  I guess in the wild ferrets live in burrows.  The act of going in and out of the burrow stimulates the glands in his skin to produce oil which keep his skin moist and I would imagine, makes him somewhat waterproof.  Since he lives inside this doesn't happen so we give him the Ferretone as a supplement.  Its a liquid and Clooney loves it.  Unfortunately - Oliver loves it too so you have to monitor so the boy kitty doesn't steal it.

There are lots of things in the cabinet where his treats are kept and when you open - little ferret is right there - looking up at you with giant brown ferret eyes - begging for his treats.....

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