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M&Ms Might Save This Endangered Ferret

Vaccine-laced candies to protect its food source

(Newser) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to save endangered ferrets with a "glorified gumball machine" that shoots M&Ms. Beginning in September, government scientists say they'll use a drone armed with a device that shoots candies in three directions in an effort to stop a plague in... More »

Old Chemical Weapons Site Now Home to Rare Ferrets

Black-footed ferrets released at Colorado refuge

(Newser) - Rare black-footed ferrets chattered angrily before dashing out of pet carriers and ducking into burrows Monday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge—a milestone for the highly endangered animals and for the former toxic waste site on the industrial edge of Denver. The US Fish and Wildlife Service... More »

Scientists May Have Saved Continent's Rarest Mammal

Black-footed ferret is making a comeback

(Newser) - The black-footed ferret is the rarest mammal on the continent, but conservation efforts are making strides in preventing it from disappearing altogether. That's what people thought had happened 35 years ago, when the animal was declared extinct—for the second time. But after a dog found a black-footed ferret... More »

Ferrets Cuddle Up in Celeb Handbags

Paris Hilton crowns them the new accessory pet

(Newser) - It looks like ferrets are the new chihuahuas: after Paris Hilton was spotted in Las Vegas with a pet ferret stuffed into her hoodie, ferret ownership is rising among women. But many people remain apprehensive about the offbeat pets, worrying about their ferocious appearance and reputed bad smell. Not a... More »

Pet Ferrets: Cute, Cuddly, Illegal

Owners ask why domesticated ferrets remain illegal

(Newser) - Americans own about 2 million ferrets, and some are asking why they remain illegal in several states and cities. “Martin Luther King said an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” one ferret advocate said. “And this is an injustice.” Opponents say that owners are... More »

Rudy's Blunt Opinions Ruled NYC Airwaves

Mayor told off callers to radio show, urged others to get therapy

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani is a tempered presidential candidate these days, belying the fiery personality displayed on his mayoral radio show in the '90s. Radio Rudy was a loose cannon, known for telling callers to seek psychiatric help, the Times reports. He was unafraid to needle interest groups, once saying “the... More »

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