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[11k] Even after you've ferretproofed, you still have to be careful where you sit. Pixxel and Rusty, shown here full-grown at about a year old, enjoy sleeping in a hollow in this bean bag chair, sometimes burrowed into a towel or sweatshirt.
[17k] Most ferrets tolerate baths, and some enjoy them quite a bit. Here are Pixxel and Rusty, at 5 months and 10 weeks, swimming in the tub.
[8k] They certainly are flexible animals. Pixxel likes to sleep curled up backward, with her head resting on her own tummy.
[12k] [21k] Ferrets' curiosity sometimes gets them into trouble, but usually it's just cute. Here Pixxel is trying to find out what's at the bottom of an ice cream cup, and Rusty is determined to get a jingly ball out of a clear plastic cup.
[14k] Even full-grown females can fit into some amazingly tight places. Pixxel likes to dig at the bottom of this spaghetti-sauce jar, then climb into it and turn around.
[8k] It's pretty easy to teach a ferret tricks. Rusty, shown here in the middle of rolling over for a raisin, also knows how to sit up and roll back the other direction.
[5k] Plastic balls are popular toys. Four-month-old Pixxel loved to push one into a corner, lift it with her nose, and let it fly back behind her.
[11k] Here's a good, basic front-and-top view of Pixxel.
[13k] This is a full side view of a young Pixxel, sniffing a hand.
[7k] Ferrets love to crawl, and often sleep, in snug tubes. Pixxel, shown here with her lighter-colored winter coat, was asleep in the sleeve of a jacket.
[18k] Dryer hoses are very popular, but if you have one as a toy, be sure your real hose is out of reach, or get a metal one, so your ferret can't dig it open and crawl into it. Here's Pixxel coming out the end of the hose she loves to play in.
[5k] Ferrets are infamous for liking socks. Here Pixxel, about three months old, leaps at an old sock wrapped around a bell.
[9k] Almost every ferret loves to stash things, and if a favorite toy is found out of place, it must be returned immediately. Here Pixxel carries off a squeaky toy which is almost as large as she is.
[12k] [16k]Both Pixxel and Rusty, shown here about a year and a half old, like to play with Pam's seal slippers, either alone or together.
[16k] Very young ferrets are little more than clumsy balls of fluff, but they're incredibly cute. Here's baby Rusty, only 7 weeks old.
[9k] Continuing with the baby pictures, here's Rusty a week or two later, perhaps 9 weeks old, making off with his very first theft: a pen.
[17k] Insatiably curious, ferrets are also very determined. Here's Pauly, intent on exploring the inside of a camera bag.
[8k] Size is no object to a determined ferret. Surrounded by his pick of toys, Pauly carries them off to his hiding place, one by one.
[7k] Like most ferrets, Nick, a sable male, had a favorite toy, in his case a jingly one. Here he is running off with it.
[8k] Sunshine likes to play in the grass. Here she is, enjoying herself.
[15k] Shades also enjoys romping in the grass.
[14k] Sunshine is shown here in a very nice side view, standing on a gravel walk.
[7k] [6k] Like many ferrets, Sunshine can have a lot of fun playing in a box of packing peanuts, as long as she doesn't swallow any pieces. She's shown here digging through a boxful, in front and side views.
[26k] "Watch your step with those big feet of yours!" young butterscotch mitt Frankie seems to be saying as she curls on her side on the floor.
[19k]Here's Houdini, Christian Valiquette's silvermitt female, curled up asleep.
[10k] Houdini and Néfertiti, a sable female, playing with a small soccer ball.
[12k] This is Gismo, a sable female, coming out from under the television.
[19k] Here's Smokey, a sable female, flat on the floor in the "ferret speed bump".
[12k] Here's a nice front view of Puffy, a sable female. Puffy appears on the Central Arizona Ferret Club T-shirt.
[21k] Before he "passed over the Rainbow Bridge," Bandit, Bob Nixon's sable male, held Champion Honors at the Central Arizona Ferret Club. Here he is being held up by the torso.
[13k] Here's Bandit curled up asleep on the bathroom floor.