January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Ferret, a carnivorous mammal related to the weasel. The domestic ferret, when mature, is about 19 inches (48 cm) long, including a 5-inch (13-cm) tail. It has a slender body, short legs, and a flat, triangular head. It is yellowish white, sometimes brown. The domestic ferret is raised as a pet and for use in driving rats and rabbits from their burrows. Ferrets that have escaped domestication are extremely destructive, especially to poultry.


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