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ferret

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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Some come from gamekeepers who have lost a ferret down a rabbit burrow and had to leave them as they won't come back out.
Proceeds benefit the ferret shelter and rescue agency, which was established in 1994 and gained its nonprofit status in 2004.
We got Sid a companion and I started helping at a ferret rescue in Sowerby Bridge.
These ferrets are currently endangered due to the sylvatic plague infecting their primary food source, prairie dogs.
Investigating officers say it is not known if the ferrets were stolen or if burglars deliberately left the cages open and allowed them to escape.
Three B-17F aircraft were allocated for conversion to the ELINT role; their sensor suites were based on experience gained from Ferret I's missions in Alaska.
A group called Legalizing Ferret Ownership in NYC has collected 600 signatures on a petition to end the ban, but its leaders declined to be interviewed for fear of being outed and losing their furry friends.
In this study, we amplified and analyzed the complete genome of the US strains of ferret HEV to confirm whether US strains are new ferret HEV genotypes.
Collette rang the RSPCA after the ferret was spotted in Fern Road.
As a tribute to her rescuers, the runaway ferret was named "Bobbie".
Bmp media's investment in Ferret go, which targets the media analysis market, is aimed at helping the company push ahead with its market launch, in particular, Bmp media executive board member Jens Spyrka said, commenting on the transaction.
Chases sometimes involved the prairie dog running in front of the ferret, presumably to change the direction of the ferret (Hillman, 1968; Fortenbery, 1972).