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The ferrets from Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf - Luna, Kim, Tina and Traudl

Our ferrets lived for many years in a tastefully designed garden behind the donkey stable. They were lovingly cared for by Anna and Dr Spielvogel. At all the children's birthday parties, the little nimble animals were always the stars. They were allowed to look for them under the blankets, scratch their bellies and hold out a tasty licking paste.

Ferrets are funny, nimble animals, however, they also sense when people are not feeling well and then become cuddly pets that help to become calm and serene again.

The nature of the ferret

Ferrets are not wild animals, but domesticated pets. Their ancestors are the European forest tiger and also the African steppe tiger.

Ferrets have an innate curiosity and love to explore. They can open drawers and cupboards and love to build dens there.

Ferrets are hunters and were already used by the Romans to fight the rabbit plague as hunting helpers. The animals have spread from northern Africa to Spain, Italy and all of Europe. They can be found in the wild in Sardinia and also in New Zealand.

Their character

The playful little animals quickly become trusting, which is why they also enjoy great popularity and are kept as pets. They have typical behaviours. For example, when they walk backwards with their tail erect and their mouth open, this means: "I want to play!

The language of ferrets

They express joy through a kind of "cackle". It draws attention to itself when it lets out darker sounds. The ferret language is something special and our Anna could talk to them for hours.

The ferret enclosures are now empty

Luna and Kim came to Henndorf together. Luna had signs of paralysis and Kim had a heart condition. Unfortunately, both are no longer alive.

Her friends Tina and Traudl, two ferret sisters, also fell asleep peacefully. Tina was 13 years old when she fell asleep due to old age. She and her sister Traudl had been left in a box outside the gates of Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf and came to Henndorf, into the caring hands of Anna.

Our chinchillas Silvester, Hummel, Pit, Sambaha and Rambo now live in small groups in the former ferret enclosures.

Sky lives separately from his conspecifics. He is sick and is not accepted by the group of five. In the wild, their behaviour would probably have meant his certain death.
Now that spring is slowly coming, we will try to rehome Sky. During the winter he was kept indoors. Let's see what Rambo and his friends have to say about the new guest.

Dear ferrets Luna, Kim, Traudl and Tina,

Thank you for the numerous, educational and fun hours. We tried to give you a wonderful time at Gut Aiderbichl.

"Memory is a window through which we can see you whenever we want to". - thank you for all that we could learn from you.

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