Date: 2006-07-27 22:16:06 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: swimming and ferrets; bone density and mustelids
Out of interest in the semi-aquatic predisposition or ancestry of ferrets the following is an an extract from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust polecat (mustela putorius) survey to find the population of this animal in the UK
<Although mainly carnivorous, the polecat has a varied diet consisting of voles, mice, rabbits and rats. It eats nearly as many amphibians as the otter and the mink and can produce a distinctive stockpile, or pantry, of dead frogs on the river bank.
Polecats can live in all kinds of habitat, but show a marked preference for wet areas and the banks of rivers. They are common near human habitation, especially liking farm buildings, dry stone walls, field edges, marshland and woodpiles.>
for full details.
As for forelimb strength, I am always amazed by the ease with which my ferrets can climb using only forelimbs, real chin-up champions.
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