Today we celebrate National Ferret Day, a mischeivous little mammal that is in the same family as the weasel. This became an official National Day in 2014 through the efforts Carol Roche from New York, who had purchased her first ferret on Craig’s List four years before. She fell in the love with the creatures, became a ferret rescuer, and set about making the day, which had already been casually observed for two decades, an official observance. Don’t expect any school closings or anything, but at least it’s now considered an official day to celebrate.

The Latin name for ferret is Mustela putorius furo and translates to “smelly little thief.” Though a seemingly insulting name, it’s somewhat accurate. Their cute little faces can often smell a little skunky due to some unfortunately placed musk glands and stealing and hiding objects is part of their natural instinct. A group of ferrets is known as a “business” and for years their main business was helping hunters track down rabbits. Today, ferrets have become popular as a trendy pet, but they have actually been domesticated for over 2500 years.

Though not legal to own as a pet in California, Hawaii, and New York City, ferrets have still managed to hit the top 10 lists of most popular pets in the United States. They can actually be very affectionate and enjoy playing with their human parents. Though they do get bored easily and can lose focus, like most children these days, so it’s best to limit training to a single task and for just short periods at a time. Unlike children, ferrets will happily use a litter box, but will also just as happily chew through your power cords, so they require constant adult supervision.

In some places, a bizarre endurance sport exists called ferret-legging, where participants drop a live ferret down their pants for as long as they can stand it. Obviously the ferret is pretty justifiably pissed about this and will begin clawing its way out. The winner is the idiot who can keep the ferret in his pants the longest and the world record for this senseless studity is apparently five hours and thirty minutes. Today, however, is a day to celebrate ferrets by simply learning more about them and hopefully resisting the disturbing urge to drop them down your trousers.

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on at the end of the month! 

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Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

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53 replies on “National Ferret Day

  1. A ferret down the pants- gives a new meaning to something getting “ferreted out.” Your ferret is so cute! I always remember them from that 80’s movie The Beastmaster, and just discovered that it is available for viewing in its entirety on YouTube…LOL. First comment I saw on there “This was one of my favorite, movies as a kid. Loved the ferret’s.” Great post Charlie!

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  2. Your ferret looks inquisitive and friendly enough, but he needs to stay on the outside of one’s clothing! Stupid is right. I toasted your little painting at dinner and had a proper celebration 🍷 Can’t wait to see what your new theme brings!

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  3. I had a feeling when I checked on the calendar that Mr Ferret might find his way to your heart, Charles! You’ve certainly caught the more cute and charming and less smelly and nippy side of the ferret. I do recall this legging business – not tried it, though! How laughably stupid (British) indeed.

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    1. Awww thanks Jacob!! Yeah…there’s some weird stuff that goes on across the pond apparently. Be careful over there! Lol And so thrilled you joined in… though it’s also Peanut Butter and Jelly Day… who the heck could resist a ferret?! Hehe They’re cute! But shouldn’t be put down your trousers. 😊

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      1. Haha! I’ll be careful to avoid… the people who do it more than the actual creatures, of course. I saw that too! How wonderfully odd! I don’t think I’ve ever even tried peanut butter with or without jelly – bit of a confession, there. But obviously a ferret beats it any day of the week/month regardless! And yours is adorable!

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      2. Haha, I expected this would go down badly. Fiiine – I’ll have some peanut butter sandwiches while watching, er, whatever all those films were. Basically every Star Wars is all I recall, but that will probably cover the rest of the year anyway.

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  4. Squeee! What a cutie-pie! And your ferret, too…LOL! 😉💙 I was telling Jacob that I had a friend who owned ferrets and she tried to get me to write a book with her about ferrets. I’m more interested in saving the black-footed ones than owning one though. 😊

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  5. So so cute Charlie, just like my woody( ferret version not the horse) I hasten to add, I never put him down my trouser! I have tagged my ferret watercolour from a past post, I hope that’s all I need to do? Thanks for the link to all appropriate days….the 6 th will be interesting, sorry Charlie!

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  6. Such a cute ferret! I did say I would play along but it would seem I am behind before there has been a chance to get started. The weekend got in the way. I better find that “National Day Calendar” and get to work!! Or at least have some me time and some fun. 🙂

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