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[6k] Looking at Tikki (Rikki Tikki Tavi), a 3-year-old sable female, next to her favorite toy, it's easy to see why "Slinky" is such a popular ferret name.
[6k] Here's Pocus, fascinated by a Christmas tree ornament, mere moments before she removed it and bolted behind the couch with it. Christmas trees are all right around ferrets, as long as you don't use tree preservative and all the breakable ornaments are out of reach.
[5k] It may look like Pocus and Tikki are fighting, but this kind of wrestling is just play.
[6k] Tandy, a sable female, is shown in this 1982 photo hard at work, as usual. She must be plotting something...
[6k] [7k] "Sit up" is one of the easiest tricks to teach a ferret. Belle, a year and a half old, has it down pat, standing by Linda's slippered feet just waiting and waiting for a raisin.
[5k] Here's a closeup of Belle, age two, checking out the camera.
[20k] At three years old, Belle got a little brother, Caruso, a light sable shown here snuggling with his sister.
[13k] [17k] At six weeks old, baby Caruso shows off his pudgy tummy and his sharp baby teeth.
[12k] He's not shy about interspecies communication, though. He's even willing to share prime grazing land with this plastic horse.
[10k] Shown here investigating the camera lens at six months old, Caruso hasn't lost any of his communication skills.
[23k] [23k] [13k] Now that Caruso's a bit older, he and Belle like to play and nap in their carpeted kitty condo, either alone or together.
[13k] On the other hand, sable female Big prefers to share Jon-Anne's bed, snuggling down under the covers.
[14k] Bartok, a young sable male, likes the bed too, but he curls up on top of the blankets.
[15k] Sometimes you need a little ferret companionship, though. Here Big and Bartok stretch out together by the (cold) radiator.
[9k] Eagerly jumping after a dangling toy, Bartok gives a fine performance of the Ferret Foxtrot (also called the Dance of Joy or the Weasel Wardance).
[4k] Many people call ferrets "furry snakes" because they're so flexible, but lying flat on her stomach, Silk looks more like a furry seal.
[13k] Quite the climber, here Silk heads down the back of a bench nose-first.
[5k] [8k] Silk's very good at looking pensive. First she considers digging in the poinsettia, but resists; then she must be wondering, "Shouldn't this toy Santa have Ferretone in its bag?"
[27k] Most ferrets like to play outdoors, but you should watch them carefully or have them wear a harness and leash. Here Monster enjoys playing in the leaves during a camping trip.
[12k] Here's Monster in a a nice, big side view.
[11k] Bell, a sable mitt female, only likes to eat if she's managed to dump a few pieces of food onto the floor first.
[6k] [6k] All tuckered out from their latest play, female Silver (a silver, appropriately enough) and dark sable male Y show us their versions of the "ferret speedbump".
[15k] Here are Baby, in front; Bell, in the middle; and Silver, up in the top left corner, all sharing supper.
[9k] Finally, here's the whole gang curled up asleep together.