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August 5, 2011

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Black-Footed Ferret’s Rediscovery - Part VIII: Breeding Season

Bunting’s kits are now growing very fast.  They are still nursing, but are mostly eating specially developed ground meat and rodents.  They are also busy playing which is important for them to strengthen and develop their motor skills. 

They are now venturing into the black tube that leads from their nestbox to the upper enclosure.  This makes getting a visual or catching the ferret to weigh extremely challenging.  They are not yet at the biting age, but very soon we will need to wear thick leather gloves to protect our hands. Since this is a reintroduction program, it is important for the kits to remain wary of humans.  Talking is kept to a minimum and handling is only done when absolutely necessary.  Once old enough, a catch cage will be used as they are too feisty and strong to hold otherwise. 

Bunting’s kits at 40 days old