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Where did ferrets originally come from?

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Ferrets, or mustela putorius furo, are domesticated forms of the European polecat, or mustela putorious, but their origin is unknown. Scientists agree that it’s most likely that they were domesticated 2,500 years ago in the Mediterranean region, according to Wikipedia.

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Where did ferrets originally come from?
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Ferrets come in a variety of colors, the most common ones being brown and black, with white masks around their faces. They are obligate carnivores and should be on a strict meat diet, or high-grade grain-free cat foods.

For centuries, they have been used for hunting, which is called ferreting, as their bodies are perfectly built for chasing rodents and rabbits out of their burrows. Outside of the hunting world, most people simply keep them as pets.

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