ZooBuddies: Ferret

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Ferrets are related to minks and weasels; they are extremely active, and love to play every day. These little creatures can sleep up to 18 hours a day, but can adapt their sleeping and active times to fit your schedule. The name "ferret" comes from the Latin "furittus", meaning "little thief". Most ferrets can live happily in a social group called a "business," but they are territorial, like to burrow, and prefer to sleep in an enclosed area.

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They have a short digestive system and can quickly metabolize their food, which includes: whole small prey, including meat, organs, bones, skin, feathers, and fur.

Click on the video above to learn more about this fascinating creature.

The Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo is one of northeast Louisiana's premiere attractions with nearly 100,000 annual visitors. They are a true zoo with Lions, Tigers and Bears. There are Zebra, Bison, Elk, baboons, gibbons and many other animals from around the world. They have a large number of birds and a reptile house. The Hall of Small is an immersive insect exhibit with hands on interactive opportunities. We have about 400 animals of about 200 species. We also have 27 acres of landscaped grounds with many interesting plants and a walk through greenhouse.