||Ten months old|
is an absolutely sweet, kind and friendly boy. He bit me only
once since I had him, but after, with FML's fellows help, I
understood that it was an attempt to "take me into the
cage." I am so confident in him, that when I take him outside in
his carrying pouch, I let the people that want to pat him to do so,
and he has never tried to bite anyone. He doesn't even nip, only
licks my fingers when I slip my hands through the cage bars.
He is actually well known and recognized in the area since he was on
national TV, in a show dedicated to the animals, with his mate
Paolo Limiti runs, since a couple of years, an afternoon show five
days a week, from 2 pm to 4 pm, entitled "Let's see us on
TV", with many famous artists as guests. He has had Connie
Francis, Pat Boone, Neil Sedaka, Gene Pitney, Van Johnson, Sandra
Dee, June Allyson, Jane Russell and so on (just to mention only some
of the Americans), with a great audience (6-8 million).
The broadcast is RAI, the State Italian TV (as BBC is for the UK).
The funny note is that the TV Studio is less than a mile from my
For the past couple of weeks the first 45 minutes of the show is
entitled "I Love The Animals," and they talk about and show
various kinds, present short movies and tell stories about them. Very
high emphasis is given to cruelty in some kinds of hunting and to
abandoned animals. They always show some for adoptions. It is really
well conceived and done.
I sent a fax proposing to them to say something about Ferrets, and
you know that here they are not well known as they are in USA; after
a couple of days they phoned to me saying that it was a great idea,
asking a few questions on what I intended to say and asking me to
take them to the show.
And that was November 18. I had a real lot of fun in seeing how
everybody in the studio was showing interest in my fuzzies,
technicians and secretaries included, asking lot of questions on them
and wanting to handle and to caress them. A real ferret success!
On the show I gave some basic info on Ferrets, with emphasis on what
kind of animals they are, on their origins, on their habits and
mainly on the fact that they are not wild animals at all and on how
they can be considered as excellent pets for animal lovers. Th show
was transmitted live, not pre-recorded.
What really surprised me, when I was back at home and I looked at the
show I tape recorded, was the amount of close-ups they made on Igor
and Orietta, when drinking from the bottle or trying to get inside my
jacket or jumping on the floor (they were obviously leashed). I do
believe that several thousand people fell in love with them (as I
did, but then I said to myself "Hey, wake up! Those are
<B>your</B> Ferrets !)
I was surely happy to show my fuzzies to the whole Country (and as it
happened already to me in the past to appear on TV, for professional
reasons, it was not for my vanity), but most of all I feel proud to
have contributed to spread the knowledge of them in Italy.
Great news: Igor will become a father around March 15!
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