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May 18, 1998

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Fred, the Pet of the Day
Name: Fred
Age: Seven and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Ferret
Home: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
   Fred is very special to me! I brought him home at age 6 weeks from a ferret ranch. He was so tiny (maybe 4") Now he weighs 3 lbs. and is 17" (not including his tail! He is past his life span (which is only 5 to 7 yrs.) at 7 1/2 yrs. So he is really considered quite elderly. He lives in a large, multi-tiered cage & runs about the house when I get home. He greets me with a kiss each night!

    Fred is delightful! He hides my socks & underwear as a game! his favorite toy is a plastic pipe, (ferrets love tunnels). He walks with me in our huge backyard, where there are lots of rabbit holes. Last year he flushed a rabbit from the bushes. Boy, was he surprised! But that rabbit ran a whole lot faster than Fred can! He also tries to chase the squirrels, but of course catches nothing! When Fred's eyesight was better he would spot a car going by & want to chase that! Ferrets are afraid of nothing! He is quite social & will greet guests by sniffing their feet.

    This year began sadly, Fred was diagnosed with renal failure. But more than a month ago Fred began to rally! So each day is a gift! He is taking walks with me again and he so enjoys smelling the wonderful scents in the air as he is doing in this photograph. I love him so.

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