Our new ferret friend

Meet our new ferret friend. He was caught in a live trap by a couple who live locally and apparently he had been killing their chickens. The couple rang up to ask if we would like to take him and of course we said yes! We didn’t know anything about him at this stage so we were unsure whether we would be able to keep him.

He arrived on the pack of a pickup still in the trap and he was covered in large ticks and other mites. I carefully carried the trap into the small aviary and opened it up to allow him to get out. I worse thick gloves just in case he bit me and to prevent any of the nasty parasites crawling on my hands. He was slow, courteous and made quiet hissing to let me know he was scared.

We left him to settle in with a bowl of food and fresh water and a hutch with a warm old fleece for a bed. The next day I tackled the ticks and dosed him with spot on which worked wonders. He was in such a tatty state on arrival and looked so much better after a bit of a clean up.

He’s a hob (male ferret) and must have been living feral for quite some time due to the sheer number of parasites on him. He looks to be a healthy weight and is eating and drinking well.

Today, we introduced him to Bramble on the other side of the mesh and they were very curious of each other. Bramble chatted away and seemed quite happy.

The ferret will need to be neutered first then be given about 6 weeks for his hormones to settle before we can introduce him to Forest and Bramble for short periods of time. If they get one we hope they will all live together but they may not, so I’m trying to keep a balanced conscious in case we need to find him a new home.

He, as you may have guessed by now, doesn’t yet have a name. I would like to stick with the botanical theme but most flowery names sound too feminine; Heather, Fern, Rose…all far too ladylike!

If you can think of a botanical name that would suit this handsome boy please let me know!

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.