BFF discovered in Colorado homeowner’s garage
Pueblo West, Colorado— Nov 10: The rarest mammal in North America made a surprise appearance inside the garage of a southern Colorado homeowner. On Nov 8th an endangered and rare black-footed ferret (BFF) was found inside a garage in Pueblo West, according to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW).
After making the discovery, the homeowners were able to coax the ferret into a box and then contacted the CPW. The garage, located near the Walker Ranch, is where CPW and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been releasing black-footed ferrets on a prairie dog colony in an effort to restore the endangered mammal in the wild. Since 2013, more than 120 BFFs have been released on the Walker Ranch location.
Each ferret raised for release gets a passive integrated transponder (PIT) microchip inserted between its shoulder blades. Using a scanning device, a BFF can be identified from the information contained in the PIT microchips. An officer from Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was able to respond with a portable scanner and confirmed the ferret visitor was one of nine BFFs recently released at a 1,600-acre prairie dog colony at the Walker Ranch nearby.
After determining the garage-crashing BFF appeared healthy, Officers Cassidy English and Travis Sauder hiked deep into a Walker Ranch prairie dog colony in the dark and re-released the ferret back into the wild.
A video of the ferret's release is at: https://twitter.com/i/status/1458473929857650690
“Any Port in a Storm”-UK Couple Finds Ferret in Bed Fleeing Storm
A "large" ferret, nicknamed “Snoozy” for his love of sleeping, snuggled into the bed of a Bristol couple on Friday, Nov 26, as Storm Arwen wreaked havoc on the region. As the storm battered the city outside, a dark sable male ferret was found snuggled up in the bed of a Bristol couple, having snuck into their house. “Quite a large chap for a ferret.”
Once discovered, the baffled couple contacted local vets. Highcroft Vets checked him over the following day, christening him “Stinky Pete” after the character in 1995 Pixar cartoon film, Toy Story. After posting photos of the ferret on social media, the veterinary office was swarmed with ferret-related calls.
The ferret was then transferred to the Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (ARC), where he was renamed “Snoozy,” due to his perpetual dozing. “It must have been quite a shock for the couple,” said a spokesperson for Bristol ARC. “Ferrets are really clever and love to escape, and they are terrific diggers, so it’s actually quite hard to keep them contained sometimes. Obviously he’s got out but found himself at night in the big, cold winter storm, so has found a catflap and gone inside to get warm and dry.”
“We don’t know the details of the couple who found him, but apparently he got into their bed in the middle of the night. Maybe they have pets of their own and are used to them getting on the bed, but they would not have expected a ferret,” she added.
"Snoozy" weighed in at about a kilo [~ 2.2 pounds), "which is pretty big for a ferret. We’ve been calling him Snoozy, because he was obviously pretty tired from his adventure and has spent most of the time with us sleeping,” she said.
Appeals to find the real owner of the ferret met with success. “Snoozy” has now been reunited with his owners.