National Ferret Day
The ferret is often misunderstood and maligned. It is widely believed to be a quarrelsome animal that bites, has a bad smell, and is also a moral, quarrelsome, and amoral. This phenomenon can be observed by simply looking at popular stories for children such as Wind in the Willows.
This stereotype is false. Because of their intelligence and agility, ferrets are often kept in a working environment. However, they are becoming more popular as loyal and rewarding companions. National Ferret Day celebrates the virtues of this adorable, cuddly critter. It also promotes welfare for ferrets all over the world.
The Latin word for “ferret” is “little thief”, which perfectly captures the nature of these animals’ ‘ferreting’. The ferrets were domesticated by humans around 2,500 years ago from the European polecat. However, historians believe that this was likely to be for hunting purposes. Europeans arrived in America and brought ferrets with them to control rodent infestations. They are still used to control plague species such as rabbits to this day.
Ferrets are a common pet in modern times, but this is not their only function. They have been used in research in many areas, including the pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of various diseases. They have been used in research on Covid-19 as well as the development of a vaccine.
Due to their ability to run through cables and pipes, ferrets are also a part of the construction industry. Their slim build has allowed them to run wire for some of Britain’s most significant events, including the wedding of Prince Charles & Princess Diana at Buckingham Palace as well as the London Millennium Concert in Greenwich Park.
Although National Ferret Day was first recognized in 2014, it was actually established by Carol Roche, a New Yorker who was enchanted with her pet ferret. Roche said that the pet was “as affectionate, social, and independent as a puppy, and as playful and independent as a kitten.”
National Ferret Day celebrates these resilient and remarkable creatures and raises awareness about best practices in welfare, nutrition, and care. National Ferret Day is a day for ferret enthusiasts to come together, share their passions, and educate the public about this noble member of the weasel clan.
Rural fairs and festivals in the UK organize ferret racing competitions where ferrets race through pipes while their owners wager on which ferret will survive. Ferret-legging is a niche sport that’s not for everyone. It involves putting a few ferrets down your pants and seeing how long it can last. The world record holder lasts five and a quarter hours.
Even well-known artworks have featured ferrets. Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine painting from 1490 is the most well-known artistic depiction of a ferret. Many scholars believe it actually features a ferret. A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I with her pet ferret is also available. It features her wearing a small crown as a collar.
Ferrets, like all pets, need to be well-cared for. Ferrets are social animals. In fact, a group of ferrets can be called a “business” and they have fun like no one’s business! It’s best to have at most two, and to spend lots time exercising and playing with them. If they are not trained properly, they can be quite irritable and may become a nuisance.
Ferrets are carnivores so a diet consisting of cat-food and tailored ferret food is a good choice. Older ferrets are more likely to reject food that they haven‚Äôt tried before. Therefore, give them as many options as you can in their first six month.
They are very active during the day, sleeping for as long as 18 hours a night and most active between dawn and dusk. Don’t worry if your ferret jumps around excitedly and bumps into objects – this is called a “war dance” behavior and is a way to express joy.
You can celebrate this day with your ferret by spending extra time with them. You can make your ferret’s curiosity and quick wits happy by setting up games and challenges, or even teaching them a new trick.
Even if your ferret is not yet a pet, it’s still a great day! There’s no reason to not celebrate National Ferret Day. Go to your local pet shop and say hello to ferrets! Even if your goal is not to adopt one, it’s still possible to have a cuddle with them and get up close and personal. You may be inspired to bring one or more pets into your home. You can also pet sit for someone you know, or through a website. Volunteer your services to make furry friends.
If you are serious about saving these animals, consider supporting an animal shelter or welfare center that rescues abandoned and lost ferrets through donations or volunteer work. A charity like the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which works to save the black-footed ferret, could be supported. These wild ferrets are native to North America and are now endangered by disease and habitat loss. However, dedicated conservation efforts have helped them to make a comeback.
There are so many ways you can celebrate National Ferret Day.