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Ferret Jewelry

Ferret Jewelry

Ferret Jewelry

I started making ferret jewelry many years ago when I worked more in clay, but my current design is a bit more realistic and anatomically more correct.

They are popular pets, complete with entertaining antics that could make even a grumpy owner smile. They are a domesticated version of one of their weasel cousins. When I lived in California they were illegal, although I knew a few people who still kept them as pets. The illegality issue was related to feral ferrets taking over some ecological niche and messing up balances in nature. I can understand the concern, but there seems to be some debate as to whether the domesticated ferret could actually survive in the wild.

They are in the mustelidae family, which includes skunks, weasels, minks, badgers and otters. The black-footed ferret is a native of North America, and is extremely rare. This is mostly due to the fact that their main prey, the prairie dog, is a lot less plentiful than it used to be because of habitat destruction.

For hundreds of years ferrets worked for game keepers in an attempt to control vermin. Apparently even the ancient Greeks used this animal or something similar for the same reason. The white ones were preferred because they were easier to see at night. Also their docility made them a good choice because of how easy they were to handle.

I have made some ferret jewelry in response to ftheir owner’s plaintive requests. Enjoy!

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