European Ferret


General information

The Ferret is a small domesticated member of the mustelid family. There is evidence that Ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,500 years, their ancestor being the polecat. They are mostly a crepuscular species, being active during dusk and dawn and living in social groups. When excited, Ferrets will go into a frenzy which consists of sideways hops, leaps, and bumping into nearby objects!

Ferrets have been bred specifically to produce a variety of colours from albino to silver to chocolate. They can be easily house trained to use a litter box and can be great pets although they may bite. As carnivores they require a meat-like diet regularly throughout the day due to their high metabolic rate.

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Latin name - Mustela putorious furo

Class - Mammalia

Order - Carnivora

Family - Mustelidae

IUCN Status - Not listed

Habitat - Forests and semi-forest habitat

Distribution - Worldwide as pets or working animals for hunting

Average Lifespan

6 - 10 years


Disease, habitat loss and predators.

Fun Fact

Ferrets can sleep for around 18-20 hours a day and the few hours left are spent happily frolicking around with other ferret friends. They are often known to go into a ‘dead or deep’ sleep where only very shallow breathing is difficult to spot. Even upon picking them up sometimes they take a while to come around!

Our Residents

We have a business of 7 ferrets currently living together in the Main Building. All our Ferrets have joined us as either abandoned or ex-pets. Young Penny arrived in 2022 when she was discovered abandoned in Deerleap car park. Penny was joined by 5 rambunctious Ferrets who came from the RSPCA; Winefred, Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Louie. The business was later completed with the addition of Sylvester.

If you would like to keep a ferret check this website first:

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