Mustela putorius furo
The Ferret is a domesticated descendant of the European Polecat and the species is thought to of been domesticated over 2000 years ago!
Unlike the European Polecat, the Ferret is a sociable species and likes to live in pairs or small groups. A group of ferrets are called a business.
They are most active at dawn and dusk (crepuscular) and spend 14-18 hours asleep every day!
Ferrets are obligate carnivores, which means their survival depends on eating meat. This is due to the need for nutrients that only come from animal flesh. They will eat the whole of their prey, even the bones, fur and feathers!
Lifespan – 10 years in captivity
IUCN Conservation Status – Domesticated