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Copper the Ferret, Pet of the Day
Name: Copper
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Ferret
Home: Moray, Scotland
   I've always wanted to have a ferret from a young age, at least as long as I can remember. When I was about 14, I came close to persuading my mum to let me get one but she asked me to find out about what vaccinations and stuff and I found it said they need a rabies vaccine, though that's not a legal requirement here. That put her off again, though and was a firm no.

    Last year I saw a white blur shoot across the road before I was about to leave for school and when it paused, I noticed it was a ferret that was lost so I ran out to get it because birds were beginning to follow it. Unfortunately it hid under the car and I had to go too school so I thought about it all day. The next day in school it turned out the ferret had ended up in the school which isn't too far away and the PE teacher caught it in a potato bag, after it paid a visit to the small shop on the way there. So of course I told my mum what happene,d and the ferret ended up at the vets safely.

    I still really wanted a ferret. I had a dog at that point but was struggling to walk him enough as I got bullied when I took him out for walks and older people than me kicked him. I eventually got too scared to take him out anymore because I didn't want him to get hurt. So my mum said. "If you get a ferret, the dog has to go," but that didn't happen right away. I did agility with him in the back garden which is very big and that way at least he got some exercise.

I looked in the paper about a few days after and by luck, for first time I have ever seen kits (baby ferrets) appeared in the paper! It is very hard to find them at that age here. So of course, I made my mum phone and we got to go pick him up a day or two later. We went on the bus with a shoe box and had a large hamster cage for him to stay in until we got to the city for a proper one. They were adorable and so cute, causing trouble when we opened the door to their hutch.

    Copper was the quieter one and I picked him, because he settled in my arms and went to sleep. We thought he was independent and would do well on his own, as I only wanted one to start with so I could train him, and I am still working on it!

    So we got him home, and we kept a secret from the rest of my family as they don't like pets and definitely wouldn't like a ferret, they are still iffy with him. My sister heard me playing with him in my room when she was around one day, and came in thinking I had a mouse but realized and said he is really cute, so she was won over!

    Copper is important to me because my dog did end up getting rehomed which was sad but it was the right thing for him. Copper keeps me company when I go out for long walks in the woods to get away from everything. My relationship with my mum is dificult, she's addicted to alcohol, and she has good times and bad, but Copper has always been there for me throughout the past year.

    Because he can be easily picked up and people wouldn't be mean to me, I gained more confidence again. If I'm feeling down, all I have to do is let him out to play around my room and he laughs and hops about chasing his toys and cheers me up, although some days when he is grumpy and does everything he can to annoy me, it still works. He rips the carpet, crawls in my bed, knocks the bin over, gets into my school work or my washing basket. Anything he isn't meant to do, he does. I still love him though and as much trouble as he is, I wouldn't change him for anything.

    Ferrets are really easy to care for, they're very clean too. Well when he isn't having a cage rage and tries to tip his toilet over. They only go to the toilet in one spot and can eat cat food, although I do have him on ferret food now. They sleep around 18 hours a day which is handy with school and what not. I'm not quite sure how I got Copper's name, but my friend helped me and came up with it. The first two photos are him recently, and the last three are when I just got him at 8 weeks old.

    Here is a video of Copper Playing and laughing with some new toys he got and some old ones too.

Copper the Ferret, the Pet of the Day
Copper the Ferret, the Pet of the Day
Copper the Ferret, the Pet of the Day
Copper the Ferret, the Pet of the Day

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