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Do not let a ferret sniff your private parts, even if it is called Fatima, says Jeremy Clarke

By Jeremy Clarke   October 1996

On the last Sunday in August, I took my ferrets to the North West Terrier Lurcher and Ferret Club summer show and barbecue. It was a still, sultry afternoon-one of the hottest days of the year-and the movements of the animals and humans were noticeably economical. They mostly sat or lay together in the shade of the ancient hedge that enclosed the field until they were called to the appropriate showing ring or table.

I have three albino ferrets, two jills and a hob, just weaned, bought for 50p each at the end of July when almost everyone you meet…

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