A ferret’s curiosity can lead him anywhere; the sky is the limit. And believe me if ferrets could figure out how to get to the dark side of the moon and hide in the smallest of craters, they would do it. Never have I received more fascinating responses than when I asked ferret lovers, “What is the strangest place you’ve ever found your ferret”?
Ferrets share an affinity for some common places in our homes, such as inside drawers, inside and under couches, inside cabinets — basically inside of anything they can get into. Many ferrets find their way into closets. In Illinois, Kymberlee Ricke’s ferret, Magick, took it to a whole other level. Literally. “She was very, very dedicated to getting her little tennis balls to the highest place she could possibly climb to. I often found them in the sweater crates in the closet.” Imagine her surprise to find that Magick had continued to climb up the hanging crates and on top of her hanging clothes.
Joan Scheer of Scheerjoy Ferrets Shelter & Rescue located in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, recounts her own closet experience with her tiny Mayla. “I opened the door and stood still to listen for her. I was expecting to hear low rustling, but she had gotten bored with all the ‘easy’ stuff and had made her way via boxes, clothing and shelves to the very top shelf! I looked up to see her poking out from behind a spare microwave.”
Sometimes a ferret loves its new hiding place so much, it refuses to leave it. Amy Mills of Alabama visited the home of a friend with her ferret, Raider, and he managed to escape. Mills found him beneath a cabinet after a long, harrowing search. “I tried everything to get him out. After about two hours, and tearing a piece of wood off the wall, I was able to get him out. I was covered in bruises and scratches on my arms and legs, but it was worth it because my baby was safe.”
Ferret shelter volunteer and foster ferret mom Kristina Borgstrom of Washington followed a noise to a new ferret hiding place. “I heard the scritcha sound that means a ferret is someplace he shouldn’t be,” she said. “I followed it all around the house and, lo and behold, Ivan had removed a few pieces from the front of the speaker for the television and was quite content viewing the living room from within.”
Ferrets are most attracted to unusual and interesting places. A music-loving, 2½-year-old ferret named Pepper from North Carolina gave her mom, Joanne Rogden, a most comical surprise one day. Pepper is an especially tiny girl that weighs less than a pound, which allows her to get into a host of places. She was found peeking out of the sound hole of a guitar. “My husband had put his guitar on the floor for a second, and Pepper decided she wanted to check it out!” Somehow she had slithered between and behind the strings to get inside of it.
Susan J. Lee who was the co-operator of The Ferret & Dove Sanctuary Inc. in Pensacola, Florida, chuckled as she told about where she found her lost ferret — on her dog’s back. Her dog was panting, “hah-hah-hah” over its “new puppy.”
“Mulan the Shar-Pei was laughing because they said she was fixed and could never have a puppy,” Lee said. “Well, guess what? The stork brought her a fine ferrety-puppy-sort-of-critter anyway!”
To ferret lovers’ dismay, ferrets seem to seek out some pretty scary places. Elizabeth Reburn made a shocking discovery in her fireplace one day after her ferret disappeared. “I did a double-take and stopped dead in my tracks when I walked by and saw a pair of eyes looking at me. Sammi had gotten in through a small groove in the stone where the doors fit up against the wall. She was covered in soot and ashes.”
Joan Vick had her own fireplace experience with her male ferret, Frosty, “He was a big albino turned black from old ashes … just red eyes peeking out. At the time, I couldn’t wait to give him a bath!” However, that was not the most surprising place she found a ferret. She found her little girl, Annie, in the furnace ductwork!