April 1, 2010

Ferrets Will Save the World!

As you might know, I like ferrets. And so do the British! Although these awesome weasels weren’t native to the U.K. islands, the ancient Roman leader Caesar Augustus is believed to have sent ferrets there 2,000 years ago to control the rabbit population.

And now these heroic animals are helping the Brits out again! According to this story in the Telegraph, The company Virgin Media has been using the sinuous beasties for over a year to help install Internet cables. The ferrets, wearing special jackets fitted with a microchip, run through the underground network of tunnels that cables are in and help locate “any breaks or damage” in the network.

As a Virgin Media spokesperson said:
For hundreds of years, ferrets have helped humans in various jobs. Our decision to use them is due to their strong nesting instinct, their long, lean build and inquisitive nature, and for their ability to get down holes.
That, my friend, is awesome!

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