Would a ferret make a good pet? Or a weasel?

 Sylvia Benton, “Pet Weasels: Theocritus xv. 28,” , New Series, 19.3 (1969), 260-263.
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I’m an Ozzy fan. He’s so adorable. I know weasels are not pets but they are so cute I can only imagine it was their bad press in the past as pests that kept them from being pets. Nowadays, with all the stray cats and dogs, there’s no sense in domesticating a new animal when we can’t even take care of the ones we’ve already domesticated.
Ferret/weasel - do they make good pets?
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The Liddell, Scott and Jones dictionary of Ancient Greek also encourages readers to translate (literally “house-dwelling weasel”) as “tame weasel,” on the assumption that the weasels which lived in houses were kept as pets. Sylvia Benton, “Pet Weasels: Theocritus xv. 28,” , New Series, 19.3 (1969), 260-263.
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Ozzy is a full grown (Mustela nivalis). Ozzy is a rescue that was hand-raised, but generally weasels do not make good pets, and are illegal to own in many places. Least weasels in the wild can kill rabbits that are much bigger than they are, so imagine what one would do to your finger if it didn't know you. See more videos of Ozzy at . -via It’s a nice time for a light-hearted piece, and I’ve been dying to write this article for a while. It’s about pet weasels in antiquity. A surprising amount of respectable scholarship all the way from 1718 to 1997 has claimed that the Greeks and Romans kept tame weasels as household pets. At the very least, there is good evidence that weasels lived and nested in the houses of ancient Greeks and Romans. But to claim that weasels were kept as tame, domesticated pets requires more evidence from the sources than simply evidence that they wandered around in human houses. This article will examine the evidence for the taming of various members of the weasel family. Remarkably, the marten seems to have been tamed at least once before Aristotle. There is also evidence that the polecat, the ancestor of our ferret, was tamed for hunting purposes by at least the first century AD. But what of the little red creatures we know and love as “weasels”? Were they pets or pests in the eyes of the Greeks and Romans?Okay, we’ve done the research and the numbers don’t lie, ferrets are truly awesome pets. Nearly, 748,000 people have these charming little creatures. How can that many pet parents of these be wrong? What makes this weasel-like animal so loved and adored?Although ferrets and weasels belong to the same scientific family, Mustelidae, their appearance, habits and appetites are different. While both are swift, thinly built creatures, their coloring, adult size and hunting habits vary. Ferrets have been domesticated, while weasels remain untamed.The notion that weasels were kept as tame or domestic pets is a favourite of Classics dictionaries. It is usually said that the house weasel, identified as the or in Greek, was kept to hunt mice in the home before the domestic cat took up this role from Late Antiquity onwards. Under the entry of “weasel,” the Brill’s New Pauly Reference states:Ferrets are the third most common "uncaged" pet in the United States behind dogs and cats. These members of the weasel family are lively, smart and affectionate. They can make excellent pets if you are willing to give them a great deal of care and attention. They’ll repay you with entertaining antics and loving companionship. Before you commit to bringing one of these little guys into your home, be sure what you're getting into.