A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Friday, May 29, 2015

FAQs - Ferret Questions

I get lots of private messages with questions about the critters.  I thought I would do a series of posts in case other inquiring minds might want to know.

First - questions about the ferrets:

Q:  How many ferrets do you have?
A:  Currently we have 8 - 3 boys and 5 girls.

Q:  How long do ferrets live?
A:  Average is about 7 years.  They are considered seniors at 5.

Q:  Do ferrets bite?
A:  Yes - but not like you might think.  Ferrets nip by nature - its how they play with each other.  The bite when playing but not to be mean or malicious.  They are quite smart and can be trained not to bite.

Q:  Which is better - boy or girl ferrets?
A:  This is a tough one.  Boys are more rambunctious when they are younger but more affectionate when they get older.  Girls are generally more gentle and mellow.  There are fantastic aspects to both genders - in my opinion you can't go wrong with a ferret period.

Q:  Who is your favorite?
A:  Geez - I love them all to pieces and I love them all equally.  I really don't have a favorite.

Q:  What do you call a bunch of ferrets?
A:  A Business.

Q:  How can you tell when one of them is sick?
A:  This might be TMI - but - the way to tell is poop.  Their outputs are the best way to gauge how they are doing.  I have become quite the poo expert sadly.

Q:  How did they get their names?
A:  They get their names quite randomly - we have them for a few hours/days and try to pick something that matches their personality.  We often go through several tries before we land on their name. Sometimes we don't agree and have to compromise.  For instance - I really wanted to name Theo Thatcher but hubs said no way so we settled on Theo.  Turns out - I love his name now.

Q:  Do you keep them in a cage?
A:  No - they have free run of most of the upstairs.  Harlow is still separated from the rest of the bunch because we are still not 100% certain she is not contagious.  They are kept upstairs though - away from the pokey hooves of the piggy.

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