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April 9, 2013 4:42 PM   Subscribe

I've been remanded to bed with a adjective redacted case of Strep A. More ferrets please.
posted by bilabial at 4:50 PM on April 9, 2013

When you boil water, you get bubbles.

When you boil styrofoam, you get ferrets.
posted by JHarris at 4:50 PM on April 9, 2013 [8 favorites]

I was expecting a poodle in a box of regular peanuts.
posted by box at 4:54 PM on April 9, 2013 [24 favorites]

Pop goes the weazelz*!

*OK mustelidz
posted by howfar at 4:54 PM on April 9, 2013 [2 favorites]

Sort of like Jiffy Pop with small animals...
posted by Currer Belfry at 4:57 PM on April 9, 2013

ferret whack-a-mole
posted by evening at 5:04 PM on April 9, 2013

I once spent way too long blowing packing peanuts around in the cover from one of those writable CD spindles (the plastic bucket-like thing), and I think I must have breathed some polystyrene bits in or something because my chest hurt for the rest of the day.

So I guess a) I hope polystyrene lung is not actually a thing and the ferrets are fine and b) I think I'd get along pretty well with ferrets.
posted by lucidium at 5:05 PM on April 9, 2013

Watching that video might give Richard Gere some flashbacks.
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 5:10 PM on April 9, 2013

A related video, providing step-by-step instructions.
posted by meese at 5:13 PM on April 9, 2013

I'm pretty sure those are poodles.
posted by griphus at 5:14 PM on April 9, 2013 [7 favorites]

Somebody is trying way too hard to collect an eponysterical
posted by ook at 5:15 PM on April 9, 2013 [6 favorites]

It's like it's a ball pit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:24 PM on April 9, 2013 [2 favorites]

Someone's going to come along and grouch about the health hazards of letting your pets play with styrofoam packing peanuts. I just want to short-circuit that by saying that these look like the non-toxic biodegradable kind made with corn starch.

(I love that kind because I dump them in my compost heap, and the next time it rains, they just... melt away.)
posted by ErikaB at 5:25 PM on April 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

I will never be as happy as those ferrets. I'm OK with that, I think.
posted by neroli at 5:28 PM on April 9, 2013

That was even more fun than I expected.
posted by notsnot at 5:35 PM on April 9, 2013

Thought this looked familiar and then I remembered why.
posted by eugenen at 6:02 PM on April 9, 2013 [4 favorites]

I'm mot gonna grouch about the health hazards, but let's not forget - let's *not* forget, Dude - that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city - that aint legal either.
posted by obscurator at 6:04 PM on April 9, 2013 [5 favorites]

Put something small and shiny down in that house and you can forget about ever seeing it again. They must use smart cards instead of keys.
posted by Blue Meanie at 6:10 PM on April 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

That was all kinds of awesome.
posted by rtha at 6:30 PM on April 9, 2013

Those look like corn-starch packing peanuts - you can eat 'em, altho they taste bland and rough, and they dissolve in water.

Also, Ferrets are legal in some states.

They smell terrible in all states.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:41 PM on April 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

So cute. Ferrets aren't allowed as pets in my state so I have no idea if having seven (8?) of them is the norm (like say, tropical fish) or edging into ferret hoarding territory.
posted by jamaro at 6:42 PM on April 9, 2013

Pretty sure the answer to that question depends on how you feel about ferrets.
posted by box at 6:46 PM on April 9, 2013

posted by BlueHorse at 6:49 PM on April 9, 2013

Does this also work with steroid-infused faux-poodle ferrets?

I'm asking for a friend.
posted by Betafae at 6:49 PM on April 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

The only reason those ferrets are cute is they're jacked up on steroids. I hope the writers keep them out of the Hall of Fame.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:05 PM on April 9, 2013

posted by deadmessenger at 8:12 PM on April 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pop goes the weazelz*!
Ha! Zing.

Thanks for the smiles, EvaDestruction.
posted by nickyskye at 8:47 PM on April 9, 2013

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
posted by islander at 11:40 PM on April 9, 2013

Not particularly a ferret fan, but I am a sucker for small-animal antics in general, and so enjoyed the clip. This was my favorite thing:

About 33 seconds in, a ferret with facial markings resembling a raccoon appears on the left hand side of the frame, gets up on the edge of the container, and jumps in the peanut pile. He/she burrows under, shoots up dolphin-style at the 42 second mark, and goes under again.

Eight seconds later, just his/her head pops up, all the way on the opposite side of the container, and looks around. Then the other ferrets notice this, and they all jump on his/her head. Five seconds after that, you can see him/her climb out of the container, toward the camera, with a facial expression that I can only interpret as, "Hey, why'd all you guys jump on me like that?"

Like EmpressCallipygos said upthread, they're like a bunch of toddlers, albeit really quick ones, in a ball pit. Or maybe a wading pool.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 12:53 AM on April 10, 2013 [2 favorites]

Oh, I can assure you, Nat, that if ferrets wondered that, they would wonder that all the live long day.

What I love about this video is the way it shows how social ferrets are. Now, one ferret can clearly have a lot of fun with something like this, but add more ferrets and you just get exuberance for the sheer hell of it and lots and lots of ferret interaction and touching and play. The second biggest regret I have about my years-ago ferret experiment -- which ended in escape, alas, which is the first -- is that I only had one. I would have loved a whole bundle, three at least, but I also don't think I could have handled even that many.
posted by dhartung at 1:58 AM on April 10, 2013 [4 favorites]

I admit, I saw the video and immediately wanted to comment on the hazards of those peanuts. I am relieved that they are (probably) safe. Ferrets get blockages so easily!

I love ferrets, I had four at one time, but never again. As adorable as they are, they stink. STINK. That house must smell of musk and poo.
posted by Malice at 2:21 AM on April 10, 2013

Many bites were given.

Ferrets are so awesome.
posted by slkinsey at 5:14 AM on April 10, 2013

As much fun as they're having, I can't help thinking they need a slide for their peanut pool.
posted by easily confused at 7:59 AM on April 10, 2013 [2 favorites]

Ah, the famed weasel war dance, i.e., ferrets getting excited and bouncing around wildly. Probably not a successful martial strategy.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:58 AM on April 10, 2013 [2 favorites]

Ferrets are awesome. At someone else's house. And then the sadness when their short lives end :(
posted by SkinnerSan at 9:49 AM on April 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

That was ridiculously cute. For some reason it made me think of the bouncy bouncy druids song.
posted by mogget at 1:07 PM on April 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

This makes me miss my awesome, rambunctious ferrets (who lived long, happy lives), but I don't miss the unavoidable smell.
posted by Hello Dad, I'm in Jail at 9:33 PM on April 10, 2013

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