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Domestic ferrets make fascinating pets. These are just a few of the 60 ferrets Laura Wendling has raised.
MOTHER'S CHILDREN: A young author shares her experiences raising ferrets as family pets.
Raising Ferrets as Pets
MATT AND LAURA WERE JUST TWO months old when Dad brought them from the fur farm.
The two ferrets were soon put to work keeping rats out of our barn, but we liked them so much that they've become pets, as well.
Matt and Laura may seem like strange names for ferrets, but my dad thought the names suited them just right. He named them after my brother and me, because they squabbled all the way home in the car, just like the two of us.
It's been four years since Matt and Laura came to live with us.
Now we also have two of their children.
We've learned a lot about raising ferrets and have grown very fond of the curious little animals.
Domestic ferrets are related to the endangered black-footed ferrets found in Wyoming, but they are not wild animals.