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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Class Information
Class Mammalia
Order Information
Order Carnivora
Family Information
Family Mustelidae
Genus Information
Genus Mustela
Population statistics

Ferrets are a domesticated carnivorous mammal, classified as similar to the wild stoat, weasel and polecat.

For centuries ferrets have been in Europe used for hunting small creatures such as rabbits, mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, groundhogs and moles, which are a pest to farmers. Today they are still commonly used in hunting, but also commonly kept as pets due to their furry appeal and playfully inquisitive nature. Like weasels and their other wild counterparts, ferrets exude a strong musk or odor.