The Why of Ferrets

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Sorry for banging on about black-footed ferrets, but here’s a bit on why this trip was so special to me: Forty years ago the black-footed ferret was a bit more like the Loch Ness Monster than it is today. Though it was well-known to the Native American populations that shared its space, the black-footed ferret was overlooked by Lewis and Clark and all subsequent Euro-American expeditions, remaining officially unknown to science until John James Audubon, his sons, and the Rev.

Physicians Committee Accuses University of Washington of Cruelty to Ferrets

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I had never heard of the use of ferrets in medical research though. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine claims these are unnecessary procedures, even though the ferrets are apparently anesthesized during the process. A national physicians group has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, saying its use of ferrets to train medical residents in emergency procedures on babies and children violates a federal animal-welfare law.

What It Feels Like For a Ferret Watcher

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As lovely as the Sage Grouse were, our trip had another primary mission — to see the amazing, highly endangered black-footed ferret. Ferret 492 — a black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes — raises her head from a black-tailed prairie dog’s burrow, sniffs the April night. We all emerge from the truck, not as gracefully as the ferret emerged from her hole. The ferret raises her head again — up periscope — and hesitates.

10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets

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10 reasons why guinea pigs make great pets – by James Alston writing for ExoticDirect ExoticDirect offer pet insurance for guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, mice and other small pets. They also insure parrots, reptiles, tortoise and even pygmy hedgehogs! pet care

Rescue Spotlight: Rabbit Meadows

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As the name suggests, they rescue rabbits, but they also rescue other small animals like ferrets, and other small rodents. Tags: rescue spotlight ferret rabbit rescue rodent Rabbit Meadows is a rescue group out of Seattle. They also have a huge vision and mission for their sanctuary! They are undertaking a great project that sounds like it will be beneficial for both the sanctuary rabbits and the people who love them. Over 1,000 rescued rabbits have roamed the 4.5

Paws at BlogPaws

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Manny-N-Marcuz of the Enlightened Ferret. They arrived in the Ferret Chariot, and were even more adorable in their tuxedos for the Nose to Nose awards. We had a great time meeting all the furry attendees at BlogPaws this year. There were some seriously adorable pets in attendance, in addition to many great pet brands and wonderful speakers. Here are just a few of the adorable animals we met. The very handsome Sheldon of Palm Springs Savant fame.

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Pet Portraits by Bethany

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Any type of pet is game, be it dog, cat, horse, ferret, rabbit, etc. I mostly paint dogs but I also do cats, horses, ferrets, and other small critters and birds. There is nothing more special than having a portrait done of a loved one, furry loved ones included! Pet Portraits by Bethany specializes in capturing your furry friends on canvas, and though we haven’t seen them in person, we are impressed by the images Bethany sent us!

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DeMuth Agrees to Plea Bargain

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Instead, DeMuth will plead guilty to conspiring to damage a Minnesota company that breeds ferrets. The Quad-City Times reports that DeMuth admitted to releasing ferrets and causing damage to computers and records in a 2006 break-in.) From the Science Insider. Scott DeMuth, a sociology graduate student at the University of Minnesota charged last year with felony conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act agreed yesterday to a plea bargain.

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Dogs, cats, and ferrets, as well as “flat pets” and plush pets that represented real pets that didn’t make the trip. We just returned from a fun, furry, weekend in Salt Lake City for the BlogPaws conference. There is so much to share with you, including some fun giveaways. The conference was for animal lovers, and it wasn’t just humans present! There were actual animals at the conference too.

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H1N1 and your pets.

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Ferrets and birds are susceptible. Ferrets and birds may develop swine flu, or other human flu viruses. With the latest news of finding the virus in a cat, here is an update about the H1N1 virus and how it affects your pets. Dogs are safe. Good news. According to theASPCA dogs have little chance of contracting swine flu. Experts are continuously keeping an eye on the situation for any changes. Cats should be monitored.

Introducing the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

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Our small group spent a weekend at the Ferret Research Camp, a cluster of trailers tucked in the middle of a black-tailed prairie dog town and the site, as the name implies, of a black-footed ferret reintroduction program. Most of all, there is isolation — Ferret Camp, 20 miles from the next nearest human habitation, represents the farthest from civilization I have ever been.

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Dance Me to the End of Love

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Besides the black-footed ferrets, one of the promised highlights of my trip to the Charles M. Normally, we would have had to get up pretty early to see such a thing, but fortunately for us, the nocturnal habits of the ferrets meant that we’d never gotten to bed in the first place. We’d already flushed one grouse during our ferret scan, fortunately not on the lek but nearby. Today a friend asked me if ducks mate for life.

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Reasons to Choose a Pet-Friendly Retirement Community

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And no matter what pet you own — be it a snake, a turtle, a ferret, a hamster or guinea pig, an aquarium full of exotic fish, or perhaps an iguana — you want to be sure that your senior living community supports your pet living there. Not all retirement communities are created equal. And while many are similar, there are always certain things that set the best ones apart from the rest. One of these things is how the retirement community regards its residents owning pets.

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Thoughts for the Day

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Last night I lay awake from 4 am til almost 5, worrying about the black-footed ferrets I met in Montana and the humans who had devoted their lives to helping them. While birders come from a whole range of different political positions and philosophical backgrounds, it is impossible to deny that a healthy environment is a huge benefit to each of us and the life we love.

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Birds: Is There Anything They Can’t Do?

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In nonfiction, I can venture as far afield as bats, ferrets, or my grandmother, but some strange creature is de rigeur for inspiration. So, I recently sold a short story to the anthology Zombies: Shambling Through History. Does it involve birds? Of course it does! Ravens , to be exact, but to learn more you will need to watch out for the book when it appears on shelves in 2013! Guest Post

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In addition to dogs and cats, we now feature all kinds of pets for adoption, including rabbits, farm animals, ferrets, hamsters and other small animals, horses, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and even fish. The following is a guest post from the amazing animal lovers of is the world’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. We are like an ad agency for shelters and shelter pets.

The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

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The work Hammer put into researching and attempting to ferret out the truth about Jeffrey Lendrum’s escapades is very impressive. September 2017, Cerrado, Brazil.

Are there so many birds that cats don’t matter?

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Other felids are all much larger, the similar sized carnivores are things like minks and ferrets, and they have very different habits. If cats displace ferrets, then that probably means that birds are getting hit harder than rodents, and among birds, adult birds are getting hit harder than eggs or hatchlings. A while back I asked the question, How much bird is there, anyway?

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Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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Ferrets, stoats and weasels were released and quickly became destructive vermin in their own right, quickly causing the extinction of the Laughing Owl and stymieing efforts to establish game birds. Possums still strip our native forests, ferrets and stoats and possums still devastate our native birds. New Zealand has a very odd biota these days.

Hey, What About the Great Auk?

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Because if it doesn’t there are no second chances (Black-footed Ferret aside.). So as some folks may have noticed, it seems that the centenniel of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction is garnering a bit of press. Good, I say. A lot of folks, including this very blog, are using this as an occasion to memorialize not just the Passenger Pigeon but the extinct birds of the Holocene as a group. This got me wondering, what was the centennial of the last Great Auk like?

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Is The Hooded Grebe About To Go Extinct?

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Like many birds, Grebes are mainly preyed on by other birds, but also, because Grebes liv in and on and near (mostly) fresh water, they are also preyed on by the smaller carnivores such as ferrets. Podicipediformes, aka Grebes, are freshwater diving duckish birds that are not ducks. For an order they are neither diverse nor disparate. Twenty two species are distributed among six genera, depending on what happens to be extinct, and for the most part one grebe is like another.

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When conservation and animal rights collide

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I’ve written at length about the specific vulnerability of insular faunas and the catastrophic extinctions caused by the arrival of rats, mice, ferrets, cats and possums (amongst others), here in New Zealand fully half the pre-human bird species were lost.