On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... 12 furry ferrets?
PUBLISHED: 17:08 23 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:09 23 December 2019
Many households will welcome in new family pets during the festive season – a dog, goldfish or maybe a kitten – but what about a ferret?
Staff at the RSPCA Martlesham Animal Centre are desperate to find homes for their 12 ferrets, who come exclusively in packs of two as they bond with a best friend for life.
Furry soul mates Basmati and Paella have been at the centre for just shy of two years and their friends Belle and Poppy only arrived one month later.
The other pairs in need of some TLC are Andy and Ruby, Chops and Flo, Ian and Gary and Ralphie and Pea.
Though not the most popular of all household pets, ferrets are adorable little creatures that can sleep for up to 20 hours a day.
The animals are highly inquisitive - and need regular changes to their environment, so they don't get too bored.
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Some of these ferrets had to be given up by previous owners or were found abandoned.
Emma Thresh, small animal supervisor, said: "Re-homing for ferrets this year has been hard, and we are not quite sure what the reason for this is, but we hope that we can showcase what wonderful pets they really can be and what pleasure they can bring to a family."
There are many ways to keep ferrets busy - giving them plant pots, tunnels and tubes, squeaky toys and hammocks to explore.
Food can also be hidden around their enclosure, which helps to stimulate natural foraging behaviours.
"Anyone interested we would encourage them to get in touch with us to find out more about these adorable little bundles of joy," Ms Thresh added.
The Martlesham centre has been overrun with ferrets this December and has found it hard to re-home them.
To find out more, visit the RSPCA website.
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