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a member of the family Mustelidae. The common ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is an albino variant of the European polecat M. putorius putorius. It has yellow-brown fur and pinkish-red eyes. The polecat-ferret has brown fur. A North American native, the black-footed ferret (M. nigripes) has a black face mask and brown-black markings on the tail and feet. The female ferret is called a jill, the male a hob, and the offspring, kittens. Ferrets are highly susceptible to infection by the canine distemper virus.
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Ferrets have starred in Harry Potter films and shared a bath with Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski.
A record 42 ferrets and their owners attended this year's competition, which included a Hawaiian theme - including appropriately sized leis for each animal.
Currently, they have 94 ferrets in their charge - housed in an old barn which also has an outdoor play area equipped with "toys" such as old boxes and crinkly paper, which the ferrets love to rummage through.
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Radio receivers were also installed in later ferrets to enable COMINT collection against enemy communications.
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Years of lobbying by ferret owners has finally landed an audience in Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, which says it could hold a hearing by the end of the year on a measure to make ferrets legal once again.
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I used to have ferrets years ago so I know how to handle them.
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