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Ferrets and the Family
As with many small animals, ferrets and very young children often don’t mix. For ferrets, young children may lead to anxiety, rough play or fear-biting. Due to their small size, ferrets run a high risk of being crawled on, dropped or stepped on. Any interaction between ferrets and children should be supervised by a ferret-knowledgeable adult. And while many ferrets are relinquished to shelters due to the birth of a new human baby, it doesn’t have to happen. Ferrets are no more dangerous than a dog or cat to a baby, but like all animals, ferrets can be unpredictable. In addition, a baby or small child can easily harm a pet, which could also provoke the animal to bite in self-defense.
Their name means "weasel cat" in German. The animals have no spots or stripes and come in blackish-gray or cinnamon brown. They have long, wide tails and weigh between 8 and 15 pounds.
Food habits of three sympatric carnivore mammals in the Tsushima islands of Japan were studied during 1986–91. Scats of the Tsushima marten (n=1236), the Siberian weasel (n=218) and the Tsushima leopard cat (n=350) were collected monthly and the food items were determined by scat contents analysis. Marten was omnivorous showing a high level of diversity of food throughout the year. The important foods for marten were fruits and berries from spring to autumn, insects in summer and autumn and small mammals all year round. Leopard cat preferred to hunt wood/mice and birds, and remained a flesh meat specialist throughout the year. Weasel was intermediate between marten and leopard cat, but was slightly biased towards the flesh meat eater. The three carnivores do not compete against one another for food, except for small rodents. A conflict for food between leopard cat and weasel was suggested to be more intense than that of other combinations based on diet overlapping. Marten may be characterized as an opportunistic generalist. When interspecific competitors existed, or human disturbance to the habitat occurred, the preferential flexibility of the marten to alternative food resources might become more advantageous than the other two species.Great story Tim. My sister’s outdoor cat “Frosty” killed 2 weasels last summer about a week apart. Both were adult males. I was shocked to see the first one, let alone get a phone call a week later telling me Frosty had bagged another one. Fossa: The fossa is the largest predator on Madagascar and is a strange mix between a weasel and a cat. Growing up to six feet in length, including their tails, they're believed to have descended from a mongoose-like animal.The really "damned" scary part of the fisher is the reports of their screams while making sweet fisher cat love. I was recently told it sounded "exactly like a women being murdered." After taking a step back and wondering how this person knew exactly what a women being murdered sounded like, I went to to check it out for myself. If indeed this is a fisher cat then it does sounds a bit creepy. I could see how the fisher could be mistaken for an unearthly tormented specter wandering the woods late at night. However it should be noted the there is no proof that these screams are coming from a fisher. For all we know it could be a rabbit being eaten by a fox, or a chipmunk being savaged by a chupacabra.never seen a weasel (four legged) in the woods either but just saw a badger cross the road in front of me two weeks ago….....that is the third one i have personally seen. here some trappers are getting them as well. not a cat fan, in town, or in the woods When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.