||Five months old|
is my beautiful boy Buff, a champagne mitt ferret. He was about
five months old when this was taken, and really enjoying his first
venture into the great Illinois outdoors! Buff is my special baby
because he is deaf due to a genetic defect known as Waardensburg
syndrome. A lot of light-coloured ferrets and ferrets with white
markings on their heads are born with this defect, and it's been
reinforced through the years because people are breeding for white
ferrets. It's a real shame, but being deaf certainly doesn't seem to
slow Buff down! He is a true sweetheart, gentle and cuddly, and
absolutely great with our kids.
Although he can't hear them, Buff is fascinated with plastic
jingly-balls; maybe he likes the feel of the bell rattling about
inside. Whenever he finds one, he takes it in his mouth and races back
to his cage to hide it in his hammock... and woe to the ferret who
disturbs it! I also cannot vacuum the floors without putting him in
his cage, or else I have a hitch-hiking ferret attached to the vacuum
cleaner! He seems to enjoy motors, and will press his cheek against
anything that vibrates, such as the pump for our aquarium. I love all
five of our ferrets, but Buff's my little boy. I wouldn't trade him
for any other pet.
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