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Basic Facts About Black-Footed Ferrets
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Basic Facts About Black-Footed Ferrets

Belonging to the weasel family, the black-footed ferret is recovering from near extinction; meanwhile, the domestic ferret has an interesting 2,500-year-long history. Some experts classify European and Steppe polecats as ferrets, too.

Take a look at what makes these underground-loving carnivores so remarkable.

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Fergus the Ferret

Fergus the Ferret

In this game, Fergus the ferret needs your help getting home safely. Remember to jump over piles of poo and avoid Slobba the dog. More...

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Creature Features/ABC
Black-Footed Ferret: Mustela nigripes

Black-Footed Ferret: Mustela nigripes

Find out more about these nocturnal mammals through this page of photos and videos. While you're there, get facts on their diet, range, habitat, threats, and conservation. More...

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Wildscreen ARKive
Black-Footed Ferrets: Reintroduction Program

Black-Footed Ferrets: Reintroduction Program

Once considered extinct, the black-footed ferret is back in Kansas. See why these endangered weasels nearly disappeared, and take a look at the program that saved them. More...

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KTWU
Considerations Before Bringing a Ferret into Your Home

Considerations Before Bringing a Ferret into Your Home

Domestic ferrets have become popular as pets. Before adopting one, explore what you'll need to do to keep these energetic creatures safe, healthy, and happy. More...

Article
The Ferret Nook
Dr. JoGayle Howard to the Rescue

Dr. JoGayle Howard to the Rescue

Black-footed ferrets are around today, thanks to Dr. JoGayle Howard, a reproduction physiologist. Take a look at her award-winning work in artificial insemination. More...

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Smithsonian
European Polecat

European Polecat

Some experts classify European polecats as ferrets. Find out more about these nocturnal, solitary carnivores and enjoy some photos and videos. More...

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ARKive
Ferrets Quiz

Ferrets Quiz

How much do you know about the domestic ferret? Take this quiz to find out — and learn some fun facts too. More...

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FunTrivia.com
History of the Ferret

History of the Ferret

The domestic ferret may be a descendant of European or Steppe polecats. Used to hunt rabbits, their history dates back to the Roman Empire and possibly Genghis Khan. More...

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WeaselWords.com
Pets 101: Ferrets

Pets 101: Ferrets

Mischievous and inquisitive, the domestic ferret needs a lot of attention. Discover their characteristics, ultra-flexible spine, and why they’re called escape artists. More...

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Animal Planet
Saving the Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret at a Time

Saving the Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret at a Time

The black-footed ferret has strong ties to North America's prairie ecosystem. Listen to this story about how biologists are saving native prairies by protecting wild ferrets from a microbial killer. More...

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NPR

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