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When ferrets are excited, they perform what is called a “weasel war dance,” which is a series of leaps, sideways hops, and bumping into nearby objects. Such a display is not a sign of aggression but rather an invitation to play.The ferret is the most popular companion mammal in the U.S. behind the dog and cat.
Ferrets have been trained to carry cables through tunnels, pipes and other spaces that are too small for humans to pass. While it’s not as common as with dogs, ferrets will wag their tail when they’re happy. Sometimes they also chortling or clucking sounds that are known as “dooking.”
The name ferret comes from the Latin furonem which means thief. A well-deserved name, since ferrets will happily steal anything they can get their paws on and hide it in their owner’s home. Ferrets love to play, have a keen sense of smell and hearing which helps to compensate for their relatively poor eyesight.