A ferret is reunited with its owner today after it fled its home, only to find itself in the middle of Storm Arwen, so snuck into another house and sneaked into bed with the couple who lived there.
The ferret, described as “quite tall” for a ferret, woke the couple by snuggling into his bed in a South Bristol house in the middle of the night Friday night.
And since then he has been so sleepy that he is called “Snoozy” by his supervisors.
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The drama started in Whitchurch late last week. Snoozy – not his real name – eventually slipped out of his house and disappeared.
The next reported sighting of him was on Gibbet Lane in Whitchurch – more specifically, in the middle of the night in a casual couple’s bed.
The couple, who was not named, suddenly realized that there was a ferret in their bed and called their local Highcroft Vets office. He was looked after and examined by them on Saturday before he was transferred, still dozing, to the Bristol Animal Rescue Center in St. Philips. He was named after the Toy Story character “Stinky Pete” by Highcroft in Whitchurch, but his drowsy condition required a renaming when he was transferred to ARC. Highcroft got so inundated with calls about the ferret after they posted a picture of the big guy on their Facebook page that they asked people to stop calling.
“It must have been quite a shock to the couple,” said a Bristol ARC spokesman. “Ferrets are really smart and love to escape, and they’re great diggers, so keeping them at bay can be quite difficult.
“Of course he got out, but found himself in the big, cold winter storm at night, so he found a cat flap and went inside to get warm and dry.
“We don’t know the details of the couple who found him, but apparently he went to their bed in the middle of the night. Maybe they have pets of their own and are used to getting on the bed, but they weren’t expecting a ferret, ”she added.
“He weighs about a kilo, which is pretty big for a ferret. We called him Snoozy because he was obviously quite tired from his adventure and slept with us most of the time, ”she said.
Appeals to find the ferret’s true owner appear to have been successful – and Snoozy’s family is due to pick him up today.
The Bristol Animal Rescue Center has updated its advice on keeping ferrets after Snoozy’s escapade.
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“Ferrets need a lot of space – minimum cage size 80cm wide x 60cm deep x 120cm high – with separate places to eat, sleep, play and use the toilet. Your ferret should be kept safe and free from any danger – their curious nature can lead to that chew through nearby power cables! ” said a spokesman for the ARC.
“A safe exercise area or run should be attached to the living area so the ferrets can exercise outside of their cage. The ideal places for this are a guest room or a winter garden or part of a room that is intended for the accommodation of your ferrets – wherever it has to be “ferret approved” as they are notorious escape artists!
“The ideal living temperature is between 15-21 ° C and should be well ventilated but draft-free.
“Food and water bowls and toilet areas should be cleaned daily, with a full pen cleaning weekly. If you have other pets that may be prey for ferrets (such as rodents and rabbits), keep them away from and in with ferrets a safe environment.
“Ferrets are very active when they are awake and need a lot of stimulation. Make sure they put things in their case to play with, like tunnels, hammocks, pipes, and other toys. They love to dig, so a storage box full of dry rice or soil will make them happy too, “she added.
For the full advice on keeping a ferret, visit the ARC’s ferret page here.
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