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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Giggling rescue ferret earns blue ribbon

  • There was a small turnout of guinea pigs, gerbils and a ferret at the Saline County 4-H Small Pet Show at the Sam Stafford building at the Saline County Fairground Monday morning.
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  • There was a small turnout of guinea pigs, gerbils and a ferret at the Saline County 4-H Small Pet Show at the Sam Stafford building at the Saline County Fairground Monday morning.
    While all the participants earned a blue ribbon, “Moe” the rescue ferret was easily the most interesting entry. “Moe” is owned by Emma Bradley, who has been active in 4-H for 8 or 9 years.
    “I was walking my dog two summers ago and she led me over to one of the bushes in our front yard,” Bradley said. “I found a ferret there, it was badly injured.”
    Bradley said that she and her family took the ferret to a veterinarian and they were told that the animal had probably been attacked by a cat.
    “His hind legs were all torn up and his nose was scratched up. The vet said the cat had probably tried to eat him,” Bradley stated.
    After treatment, Moe returned home with the Bradley's. Upon recovery, Moe quickly settled in with his new family and became best friends with the family dog, a female rat terrier.
    “They play all the time,” Bradley said. “Moe hides her (the dog's) toys and ‘giggles’ as they play.”
    Ferrets can be very vocal creatures and apparently Moe enjoys playing with his canine friend so much that he makes a giggling sound as they play. Moe is a “really picky eater” and enjoys mostly fruits, showing a particular liking for bananas and raisins as well as eating his specially formulated ferret food.
    “But he really prefers fruit,” Bradley said.
    Bradley says that she enjoys her experience with the 4-H program very much and competes in the dog and general or home and family show each year as well.
    While the Small Pet Show was being judged, the 4-H Poultry Show was occurring in the same arena. A variety of chickens, ducks and one pair of doves were being judged by 4-H alumni Seth Adams. Adams showed poultry in the 4-H shows as a child and teenager and upon returning to the Harrisburg area was “sort of kidnapped” into judging the Poultry Show.
    “I was never defeated here when I was showing poultry,” Adams said. “It's fun to see what the new generation of kids is bringing to the competition.”

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