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I didn't shut the door correctly and I had my ferrets go missing this weekend :-( It was horrific, but by some divine miracle, I got them all back :-)

ANYWAYS, I was wondering if any of you had any similar experinces and how you found your best friends again? Any tips or tricks?

I tried everything people told me, but maybe my babies are just special... b/c they traveled apart, FAR- like 5blocks to a mile in different directions. One was found in the street, one under hot air venting from a house, and one under a blanket put on a flower bed to keep the flowers from freezing.

Somehow one went across a field/park/lake and back into a different neighborhood-- is this common? I thought for sure he'd get lost in the field, I'm amazed he found humans again.
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Date:October 9th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! You are very very very lucky! I'm so glad the babies are back home safe and sound.

I'm not sure of any tips or tricks. Personally, I have all of my ferrets microchipped, though I don't know if anyone who found them would be savvy enough to go to the vet and get them scanned. But, worst case scenario, it could prove ownership if someone found one of my ferrets and decided to keep it.

It's strange and a bit sad that ferrets are so curious that they will just toodle on and away, no concern for their friends or where they are going or how to get back. LOL Though I'm not surprised your boy found people. They do eventually seem to get hungry or scared or bored, and walk up to someone. I have a ferret here that was found by hikers in the woods in Damariscotta (a few towns over). He walked right up to them and thankfully instead of thinking "rabid weasel" they realized he was most likely a pet. I took him in and tried not to get attached and put up flyers and posted on Craigslist... nothing. So he's mine now. Had him for a couple years. He is a good boy but you know, right after I got him he pulled a Houdini on me and almost went lost again. Some ferrets just have a death wish!
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Date:October 9th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
lolol "death wish", absolutely!! :-) sounds like we're both super lucky with our fur angels <3
I might have to look into getting mine micro-chipped, hmm...
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Date:October 10th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Many years ago we had one odd moment. We always shut and lock our door, and our usual routine is to look downward, because we have our ferrets free-roam even while we go out. The apt was ferret proofed after all. So we're gone maybe an hour. We come home. And Gaz, one of my roommate's ferrets, is waiting in the hallway, by the door, to greet us. We're lucky that all of our ferrets have been cautious wanderers. We have no idea how she got there. We presume we didn't look down and catch her as she snuck out.

So that was the only instance, and we only learned of it because our little girl had the sense to not go too far.
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Date:October 10th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
I've had it happen four times with different ferrets over the years at different homes. The first slipped his harness, I didn't know how tight to make it and he took off across the yard and into the bushes where I couldn't get him. Frantic running around trying to see where he came out, but 2 hrs later we found him in our garage. Apparently he got bored and slunked back home. The next was at an apartment, he clawed through the screen door. Found him at the building next door, same door trying to claw back in. He managed to claw through the patch we put on the door and then we found him under a parked car. After that, we no longer opened that door. :P Years later, we had another climb up to a window and clawed through that screen. He made it all the way across the street and was hiding in some bushes when I found him. Now we've managed to ferret-proof the house much more thoroughly and haven't had an incident in years. Just cage escapes!
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