Forget the London rat race; yesterday was all about the ferret race at Victoria tube station, where quite the commotion was caused. A ferret was seen wandering around the entrance hall, leading to the station staff having to call the RSPCA. All in a days work, hey?
On arrival, the Animal Rescue Officer, Mat Hawkins, couldn’t find the ferret and some ferreting around had to be done to locate it. It was unclear whether the animal had been lost or abandoned – and this has still not yet been confirmed.
“When I arrived, the ferret was nowhere to be seen, there were plenty of holes for her to hide in. I asked staff members to open the cupboard where the barriers fold into. After a little wait the little ferret decided she’d quite like to be rescued after all and I caught her quite easily. She was clearly really tame and let me pick her up.” Hawkins said.
The adorable animal was taken to Finsbury Park Animal Hospital where she has been named ‘Sparkle’ and is being well looked after. Matt Hawkins said: “We don’t know how long she’d been there, but it was at least three days. We don’t pick up many abandoned ferrets, so this was unusual. But to care for these animals properly does take time as well as a bit of expertise”.
Sparkle the ferret will be taken to an RSPCA centre if an owner does not come forward soon. Let’s all hope that she gets her ferret-tale ending.
The RSPCA is currently facing a huge rehoming crisis, due to far more unwanted animals coming into care than are being adopted. To try and revive adoption rates, the RSPCA’s month-long Adoptober rehoming campaign launched this month (October). They’re celebrating the wonder of rescue pets, and highlighting the many animals waiting to find their paw-fect match.
Read more about pet adoption and the work that the RSPCA are doing here.