Welcome to the Ferret Hall of Fame, where you can meet some fantastic ferrets who have found their spot in the limelight!
[HFF does not claim ownership of any of the following stories or photos. Please see included links to all original sources.]
Meet Zelda, one of the first ferrets to ever be implanted with a pacemaker! The procedure was performed in Jan 2017 at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center by Justin Thomason (veterinary cardiologist) and his teammates Emily Klocke (clinical associate professor of small animal surgery) and David Rankin (clinical professor of anesthesiology).
Weasel Collision with the Hadron Collider – April 2016
This famous weasel is not a ferret, but one of their mustelid cousins – a Stone Marten. In April, 2016 the news went viral about a mischevious little mustelid who managed to shut down the world’s largest Hadron Collider. Sadly, the little marten didn’t survive his adventures. Read more on NPR’s Article: Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World’s Most Powerful Particle Collider.
Those physicists should have been more thorough in their Ferret Proofing….
Imphal and Quebec – Military Mustelids
Meet Imphal and Quebec – a pair of ferrets who serve as members of the British Army’s 20th Armoured Brigade as part of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Germany. The tradition of adopting ferrets into the Brigade started around WWI, when the ferrets were originally used to hunt rabbits to feed the hungry soldiers. Now days these honorary military members participate in parades and troop formations – they even have their own uniforms!
Or find them at the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment Facebook Page
Felicia the Ferret Pipe-Cleaner
Meet Felicia, a ferret tasked with cleaning pipes in the National Accelerator Lab in Batavia. Felicia runs through pipes in a large atom collider, preventing dust from accumulating in the pipes and interfering with experiments snad saving the lab thousands of dollars. Read her full story at Fermilab History and Archives Project and Here.