A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Friday, December 05, 2014

Pushing Boundaries

We have several furry babies that are testing their limits at the moment....

First the baby ferrets - Kai, Tabitha and Harlow are all pushing their boundaries as they learn what they are and are not allowed to do.  Kai as with all the boy ferrets we have had is a bit bitey - we are working on it and he understands the word "gentle" and is quite responsive.  He is not nearly as hard of a biter as Theo or Finn who we had nicknamed the vampire when we brought him home.  Kai is quite exuberant - as is Theo - I love watching them do everything with great gusto.  Harlow is a pretty mellow baby but she does like to investigate and is obsessed with the headboard of our bed - she wants up there so bad - NOPE.... she is independent and very much enjoys playing with her toys.  Tabitha is the shyest of the three for sure - she hasn't really tested much but I think as she gets more and more comfortable she will be checking things out.

Winston is going through an incredibly naughty phase at the moment.  He is in to some kind of trouble several times each day.  Yesterday he got hollered at for tipping over the treat box.  Then when he did it again he got sent to time out in his bed.  He went and stood on his bed and squealed the entire time until I told him he could come out.  It's hard to stay mad at him for long.  I think he is going through some adjustment to sleeping downstairs on his own - which he loves but it also means he is without the humans and the dog.  I tried leaving Emma down here with him the other night.  She lasted til 3 am and then proceeded to wake the household by barking at the pet gate until I got up and let her upstairs.  Winston is also adjusting to a tiny bit less time with me....work has really heated up and my meeting schedule has been insane - so - even though I am with him he knows I am busy and he has to entertain himself.  Also - we are going upstairs a bit earlier to spend adequate time with the ferrets.  So - I think part of his bad behavior is adjusting to a new normal.

Emma and the kitties are well.  The cats seem to be doing well with being on the other side of the hallway room divider at night - and the humans are sleeping better as a result.  No real boundary testing from these guys but they range in age from 10 - 17 so they have had plenty of time to test along the way....

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