The ferret is a small, furry animal that is closely related to the weasel.
The black-footed ferret makes its home among the prairie-dog towns on the western Great plains of the United States.
It is about two feet long, pale buff in color, and its feet and the tip of its tail are black. A black band across its pink eyes looks like a mask.
The black-footed ferret preys on prairie dogs, which it catches by boldly following the victim into its burrow.
It can twist and band its long, slim body like a snake to enter the prairie-dog hole and often uses the former occupant’s home as its own nest.
In some parts of Europe, ferrets are used by hunters to drive wild rabbits and other animals from their burrows.
Today, black-footed ferrets are becoming rare. Since the prairie dog, its main source of food, is quickly disappearing, the black-footed ferret likewise faces possible extinction. – Dick Rogers