Ferrets UK: Hilarious moment pet owner tries to get eight lively animals into a cat carrier

Worse than herding kittens! Hilarious moment pet owner tries to get eight lively ferrets into a cat carrier

  • Mike and Gill Shaw keep three adult ferrets and five kits at their Chester home  
  • The animals have to be moved daily from a day pen to their night hutch and back
  • Footage showed Mr Shaw desperately trying to put the ferrets in a cat carrier 

A family of eight ferrets have left their owners struggling to contain them, as hilarious footage shows.

Mike and Gill Shaw, from Chester, own three adult ferrets and five kits, and find it difficult to transport them between their day pen and night hutch.

Video shot earlier this month shows the chaotic moment Mr Shaw tried to use a cat carrier to move the animals at their house in Chester.

He almost managed to put all the ferrets in the carrier, with the curious creatures eagerly going inside to check out the container.

One of the ferrets makes its great escape

Footage shows the hilarious moment Mike Shaw tried to use a cat carrier to move his ferrets between locations at his house in Chester at the start of this month

It was only because Mr Shaw missed one and had to open the door again that things went awry.

It was a huge mistake as all the other ferrets immediately tumbled out.

Even as he attempted to shovel the wriggly animals back into the carrier, his efforts were fruitless.

The video, shared to the couple’s friend John Car’s TikTok account, has attracted more than 1.3 million views.

The suggestion to use a cat carrier was made by one of the thousands of people who viewed an earlier video posted by Mr Car. 

That showed the ferrets escaping over the top as Mrs Shaw tried to transport them in an open cardboard box. 

A previous video, posted to Mr Shaw's close friend John Car's TikTok account, showed Mrs Shaw using a box to move the animals

A previous video, posted to Mr Shaw’s close friend John Car’s TikTok account, showed Mrs Shaw using a box to move the animals

It led to a hilarious clip showing Mrs Shaw desperately trying to stop the ferrets from leaping out of the box.

Mr Car, who filmed the clips, told MailOnline: ‘Having so many is very hectic but non-stop entertainment. Being social animals being in a larger group makes them much happier and playful.’ 

Ferrets can be good pets if socialised from a young age, they usually sleep up to 20 hours a day and are naturally inquisitive – testing items with their mouths, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

The website reads: ‘Despite their rather misunderstood nature, they have recently become very popular pets for their charming and cheeky characters.’

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