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red_dragon60
05-27-2001, 01:01 AM
I want to get a ferret sometime, but then I thought about it's softer and furrier cousins. I would imagine that they are cared for in about the same way. Any animal specialists have advice?

The main question is where could I get one and how much would it cost. I am near Cowtown, Ohio and there really aren't any mink farms. If minks are not as easily domesticated as other weasels, could someone offer an alternative? Thanks!

Jeffro
05-27-2001, 02:03 AM
Minks have sharp little teeth and they use em too!! Save youself the stiches, get the ferret.

Chas.E
05-27-2001, 02:51 AM
It's true, minks are nasty, biting, wild animals and can't be domesticated.

BTW, last year, some animal rights lunatics "liberated" a mink farm near here, in Iowa. They opened all the cages and let about 500 minks escape. Except they didn't know that minks can't survive in the wild in Iowa. And about half of them got smashed by cars trying to cross a road so they could get to a nearby creek and get water.

astro
05-27-2001, 03:01 AM
http://devonblueiris.co.uk/
"Devon Blue Iris ApS is one of the largest mink farms in Denmark. It is an "A" grade farm (Aleutian free). The owner Michael, has over 40 years experience in farming mink, having started in the UK."

Wow! That things about 4 times the size of a ferret and the rhinoceros hide glove holding it looks like a necessary accessory.


http://cornichefurs.com/901x.html

This kind of mink would be more gentle.

Rayne Man
05-27-2001, 05:16 AM
Escaped and released minks are a real problem in the UK. It has been estimated that they have wiped out over 80% of the native water vole ( "Ratty" out of "Wind in the Willows" ) and are also responsible for attacking chickens and even small domestic pets.It just shows what happens when the balance of nature is upset by introducing a non native species. And they are not very nice to know.

justwannano
05-27-2001, 10:16 AM
Chas.E
Mink can and do survive in the wild here in Iowa.
But not if they are domesticated,fed by humans,first.
They need to be taught to hunt.

The anti over reactionaries that set those mink free should be jailed.

red-dragon
I too wouldn't try keeping one as a pet. They aren't that friendly.
You won't find many farms advertising because of those Idiot anti fur reactionaries.
I'll bet someone in Ohio raises some. Try getting hold of your Ohio state extension office or maybe the trapper assn.

Johnny L.A.
05-27-2001, 11:14 AM
"A mink? You might try ze monestary!"

red_dragon60
05-27-2001, 12:03 PM
Are there any relatives of the ferret besides the mink that would make a soft and smart pet? I don't really want a ferret because they are so commonplace.

If a mink was aquired as a baby, could it be tamed in any way?

mojo filter
05-27-2001, 12:15 PM
What does "Aleutian free" mean?

The first thing that came to mind was some type of discrimination against Eskimos.

Chas.E
05-27-2001, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by justwannano
Chas.E
Mink can and do survive in the wild here in Iowa.
But not if they are domesticated,fed by humans,first.
They need to be taught to hunt.

The anti over reactionaries that set those mink free should be jailed.

You are surely right, I was just quoting the irate mink farmer who said the mink couldn't survive in the wild. I didn't know that he just meant the caged ones.

Those animal activist morons deserve a lot more than jail time. I say lock em in a cage with a bunch of starving minks.

Tamerlane
05-27-2001, 01:54 PM
red_dragon60:
If a mink was acquired as a baby, could it be tamed in any way?

Probably not. Not in any meaningful way, anyway. They really are as mean as spit. And they're smelly - They have a well-developed musk gland.

Not to say people haven't done it. I saw a show once on a couple who had raised a couple of orphaned wolverines ( surely the toughest, most ornery creature on this planet ). They seemed pretty affectionate, but I'm sure they were a potential threat, just like hand-raised wolves can be. i.e. it's a job for experts.

Are there any relatives of the ferret besides the mink that would make a soft and smart pet?

Ermmm...Maybe a skunk. They seem too tame down pretty well. Probably because they're fearless little things in the wild. However I don't really know what the market for skunks is like ( and unless you are phenomenally tolerant and never get visitors, they need to be de-scented ). Are there breeders? I assume there might be a few, but I have no idea. Myself, I would have serious ethical problems with removing any from the wild just to be a pet. I suppose you can try running a search on "pet skunks" and see what you come up with. Just be aware that they will have "wild" instincts, which could make them complicated animals to maintain.

As to other Mustelids ( Weasels ) - I've heard of Binturongs being kept in Malaysia I think and Grisons In South America, bt I'm sure these are semi-wild "pets" on the same plane as the before-mentioned wolverines. Likely just about anything ( even minks ) can be tamed some - Just most wouldn't ever get close to what most people would consider "pet quality".

- Tamerlane

Sue Duhnym
05-27-2001, 02:04 PM
How about a chinchilla? (sp?)

I don't know if they're related to weasels, but you can make coats out of them and they're not mean, though I don't think they're affectionate either. They're even kind of cute when you let them roll in that dust crap they use.

Lynn Bodoni
05-27-2001, 02:38 PM
I've even seen chinchillas sold in pet stores, presumably as pets. However, I think that skunks are cuter. Personally, if I want cute and cuddly, I go for a cat.

donkeyoatey
05-27-2001, 03:08 PM
These two ladies have mink(s?) as pets:


DS: I have had ferrets for 10 years and mink for 7 years and truly love them. I grew up in town but had many unusal animals, rabbits, goats, racoons and so on.
PC: I don't consider myself an expert in mink. There are many others out there who have decades of experience with them, I have five pet mink currently and any information that I share is based on my experience only with these wonderful animals. I respect other's opinions and respectfully expect the same in return. On many things, I believe people can agree to disagree without letting anger get the best of us. My opinions are also based on my history, I have been a volunteer with ferret shelters for many years, fostering and working on public education with other volunteers. I have worked with one of my vets for a year, worked at a zoo for a year, and studied animal behavior on my own for over a decade. I have a USDA Class C Exhibitor license, fur bearers permit, ferret permit and a wild animal rehab license

http://www15.brinkster.com/efexotics/minktext.html

mmmiiikkkeee
05-27-2001, 03:12 PM
As Tamerlane suggests, a skunk would be a viable alternative; they are from the weasel family too. Back about 40-50 years my mom had a pet skunk when she lived in the rural foothills of Alberta. They can be very nice pets, and if they like and trust you, they don't have to be de-scented. The only person this skunk would spray was a sibling who was mean to it... sort of like a pet dog only biting if you provoke it to. She got her skunk as a baby from the wild - it was covered with lice and was ready to die (probly the only reason they were able to catch it). After a few weeks of lice powder and shampoo, it's fur grew back and it was fine. They are not a problem to feed, and like to run through the grass catching grasshoppers and such. You can play with them, and they can be quite affectionate. Only problem for you would be finding one where you are, and friends and family potentialy having a silly, paronoid fear of "that smelly beast!!!". If you can legally and ethically obtain and care for a young/baby skunk, it should make a dandy little pet.

Tamerlane
05-27-2001, 03:21 PM
donkeyoatey: Don't worry - I'm not going to attack you for keeping mink :) . I've had friends that have kept every animal under the sun as pets at one time or another. I'm just surprised, as I've always heard they are unusually ornery beasts. Is this a common practice? Is there a community of "mink fanciers"? Are they tougher to manage than ferrets? One would assume so. Would you recommend them for the "average pet owner"? Enquiring minds and all that :) .

- Tamerlane

Jophiel
05-27-2001, 03:35 PM
I read a story in the paper once about people keeping skunks for pets. They claimed that they tamed fairly easily and could either be descented or else you just treat them right and not give them a reason to unleash bio-chemical warefare upon your living room. On the other hand, you'd figure people raising skunks are fairly biases to how friendly skunks are. No one is going to say "Yeah, I keep a skunk for a pet and it sucks." One major problem is that skunks don't have a rabies vaccination available to them and so keeping them as pets in most (if not all) states is illegal. Everyone in the story spoke anonymously, lest the forestry department or someone come by and take thier pets away. I would assume the same is true for minks. I don't know if a rabies vaccination exists for ferrets (I'd guess not), but the difference is probably that skunks are considered common carriers for the disease and ferrets aren't.

Near me is a wildlife haven for native Illinois wildlife that has been injured or whatnot. You find a hurt fox, squirrel or... ummm.. white tailed deer and bring it on by and they patch it up and rehabilitate it and release it back into the woods. However, they also have various animals on display that for various reasons could not be released, such as crippled or blinded animals. One time when I was there, I saw a large pen with a badger in it. Reading the sign, I saw the reason it wasn't released was "Raised in Captivity as Pet". What sort of idiot would think a badger would make a good pet?

"Honey, Musky is digging out a sette in the sofa again."

red_dragon60
05-27-2001, 03:35 PM
A chinchilla is a mouse, so that would rule it out. I have seen them at pet stores though.

Thanks for all the help!

donkeyoatey
05-27-2001, 03:59 PM
Sorry, Tamerlane, I should have put quote around that. It's from that site I cited. Never had a mink.(Not that there's anything wrong with that:))

fnord1966
05-27-2001, 07:36 PM
Slight hijack, but for once the overly liberal and anti freedom communist state of California has done some good, it looks like our Govenor is going to repeal the ferret legisaltion, making them legal as pets. I think I might have to get one now.

SophieAZ
05-27-2001, 08:26 PM
Just out of curiosity, after reading the preceding posts about the pros and cons of having a mink as a pet - what is the plural of mink? Is it mink or minks?

fnord1966
05-27-2001, 08:30 PM
I belive it is mink.
I have a farm where I raise mink.
I have a farm where I raise minks.
I have a pet mink.
I have several pet mink.
I have several pet minks.

Yep, mink is plural for mink.

Whammo
05-28-2001, 12:57 AM
Originally posted by red_dragon60
A chinchilla is a mouse, so that would rule it out. I have seen them at pet stores though.

Thanks for all the help!

Cite please!

Their scientific name is Chinchilla lanigera.

Common house mouse Mus musculus.

However, yes they are rodents I s'pose thats what you're getting at.

AskNott
05-28-2001, 02:21 PM
1.Getting a mink. Someone admired Mae West's coat, saying,"Goodness! What a lovely mink!" Miss West purred, "Goodness had nothing to do with it."

2.Chinchillas as pets. I had a pair as a kid. A friend of my dad's raised them, and gave them to us. They were ill-tempered biters. When I attempted to reach into the cage to pet one or pick one up, they would spray me with urine. Now I stick with pets that seek out affection.

justwannano
05-28-2001, 03:33 PM
There is a reason that wild animals are still wild.
They don't domesticate easily if at all.
Sure it can be done. Sigfreid and Roy have "tame" cats.
My guess is you still can't trust them. Hell there is still an "old wives tale " about leaving a tabby cat with a human baby.
Give me a dog any time.

red_dragon60
05-28-2001, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by Whammo
Originally posted by red_dragon60
A chinchilla is a mouse, so that would rule it out. I have seen them at pet stores though.

Thanks for all the help!

Cite please!

Their scientific name is Chinchilla lanigera.

Common house mouse Mus musculus.

However, yes they are rodents I s'pose thats what you're getting at.

Well sure, let's get anal about it :D

You pegged it. I saw some at a pet store and thought they were quite rodent-like at the time. So yes, you are correct.

Whammo
05-31-2001, 12:49 AM
you know.. i bet if you were to shave one it WOULD look like a mouse!

fnord1966
05-31-2001, 02:46 AM
Originally posted by Whammo
you know.. i bet if you were to shave one it WOULD look like a mouse!

My thoughts exactly : http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=46222

Guinastasia
05-31-2001, 01:12 PM
Someone told me that chinchillas have extremely brittle bones, though, and you have to be EXTREMELY careful how you hold them.

What about a mongoose?

fnord1966
06-01-2001, 11:16 AM
Riki Tiki Tavi? If you had a mongoose, you would have no need to fear poisonous snakes, unless your in Ireland, then it would just be a pet. Although if it ran away I am sure all the snakes that were cowering in fear would come slithering back ifto your defensless homes knowing you are alone without protection.
Thats when your fearless mongoose would come flying back from his excursion with the neighbor mongose(s) killing all the evil reptiles, saving their leader King Cobra for last, and just as he delivers the mortal bite, he will be bitten by the snake, and die. Everyone will be sad and have a funeral, but then you will learn that the neighbor moongose had a litter(?) of babies, you get one, and he becomes your new protector.



Wow, thats what happens to your mind early in the morning when you have too much caffine.

MinkMan
06-01-2001, 12:01 PM
Nothing to add, but I thought I should post in this thread.

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