Modern Ferretting, by D. B. Plummer. The Boydell Press, 1977. Hdbk. Original dust jacket still in good condition, apart from a very little wear and tear at the top. 128 pp. Small black and white photographic illustrations.
This is very much a 'Does What It Says on the Tin' sort of volume. Logically divided into ten handy chapters ('The Ancestor -- the Polecat', 'The Ferret', 'Choosing a Ferret', 'Housing', 'Feeding', 'Breeding', 'Hunting', 'Ratting', 'Sundry Ferret Uses' and 'Disease'), this concise but at the same time fairly exhaustive introduction to the joys and problems of ferreting will provide much useful information for anyone interested in the fiercely predatory little mustelid in question.
For example, were you aware that Leviticus specifically thunders against that iniquitous habit of eating ferrets (to be fair this is not a delicacy that's ever appeared on any of the menus I've ever perused)? Or that while ferrets do eat fish if that's what you choose to feed them (contrary to popular belief), what comes out the other end afterwards is so unbelievably pongy that you'd be well advised not to do so?
Anecdotes (of which this little book is full) such as the one about a rat being pursued by a ferret, which then decided to escape up the author's trousers, are no doubt meant to be humorous; but for this reader they're very much the stuff of nightmares. However, on the whole this is as lively and entertaining as it is undoubtedly highly educational.