Black-footed Ferrets Acclimating to Outdoors
Black-footed Ferrets are nocturna. In the wild, sometimes a few hours before sunset and a few hours after sunrise you can find them above ground. The kits in the preconditioning pens sometimes play during the day. And if we’re lucky, we will see them do what we like to call the “ferret dance”.
These kits and their mom are checking out the pen. Mom will teach them how to kill a prairie dog. This predator’s skill is locating its prey underground in the burrow system and killing them with a neck bite. Ferrets weigh 2-2 ½ pounds and the pdogs can weigh up to 3 pounds. Imagine seizing your dinner that is as big as you are! In the wild once every three days pdogs are on the menu for the ferret. But this mom will have to kill a prairie dog every day to feed her business!
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