Black-footed ferrets: Saving an endangered species with peanut butter?

Black-footed ferrets: Saving an endangered species with peanut butter?

Photo by Jared Belson Black-footed ferrets are extremely endangered, and unfortunately, their main source of prey is putting their small populations in even more jeopardy. Black-footed ferrets hunt and eat prairie dogs, which are susceptible to sylvatic plague, which is caused by Yersinia pestis (the bacterium also responsible for bubonic plague). Not only does the […]

Ferrets could help researchers understand the flu!

Ferrets could help researchers understand the flu!

Ferrets are adorable. Come on, look at that face! And if the cuteness factor wasn’t enough, new research is giving us an even better reason to appreciate these guys. Did you know that ferrets are an excellent model for studying the flu virus? It’s been known for years that ferrets are susceptible to the human […]