Calemberger White Ferret
|Calemberger White Ferret|
|Official Name||Calemberger White Ferret|
|Common Nicknames||White Rat, Anklebiter|
While the Calemberger White Ferret’s pelt is well known by the many denizens of the lordship, not many know of their origins. Despite the native region being known for its furs and rustic clothing style, the Calemberger White Ferret isn’t an animal the regular citizen is likely to see on the isle. In reality, the ferret is kept in captivity and harvested for its furs; leaving it unable to roam the wilds properly with a population of next to zero outside of captivity, save for small pockets that escape to the wild accidentally. Calemberger White Ferrets are specially bred for their pure and much sought after white fur, and any ferret exhibiting a dull grey or any other colour fur are either slaughtered without a chance to affect the precious breeding genepool. Despite being kept in captivity, the ferrets are nowhere close to domesticated, and aren’t suitable for a home setting. Since their captivity, the animals have become increasingly feisty, resulting in the reputation of being infamously hard to breed.
The Calemberger White Ferret was originally discovered around 3 AC, though was first used as a breeding animal around 280 AC. The population was startlingly large when they were first discovered, and as a result, they were immensely over-hunted. With no sustainable methods of hunting, the ferrets were hunted to near extinction. Though as time went on and the white fur of the ferret started to become rarer in the region, pelt traders took to drastic measures. White ferrets were to be hunted instead of killed and from then on kept in captivity. Despite the breed having some variety in fur colours at the beginning of their recorded history, any fur colour outside of white is rarer still than the ferret itself. Calemberger society puts a heavy emphasis on breeding the ferrets rather than killing them outright so as to preserve the unique colour in comparison to other regions. As of recent, there are many warehouses crammed full of Calemberger White Ferrets; kept as a breeding animal and nothing more.
As the ferret is kept in captivity for most of its life and is only bred specifically for its white pelt, there is virtually no deviation between the animals in terms of physical appearance. In terms of length, they range between a half a foot to a foot long, and most of this is made up by their torso. The Calemberger White Ferret has exclusively black whiskers and brown shades of eyes as well as dull, useless claws on its paws due to its captivity. They take on the normal, meek stature of any other ferret in the region, though they tend to be without any olfactory sense. Their pure white coats go hand in hand with flat noses, causing them to have blocked airways in the most unfortunate cases.
The Calemberger White Ferret has virtually no diversification with gender. Stunted physical development further exemplifies this, seeing as only a select few traits are sought after in their physical appearance. The only difference visible is that males are naturally larger than females, though even then it’s hard to distinguish between the two. This trait gives their captivators an awfully hard time, considering the only use they keep them for is breeding their white fur.
Life Span and Development
The ferrets give birth to live young in litters of about five or six, though Calemberger ferrets aren’t known for being especially maternal. The mothers of the young tend to choose a favourite among them, and favour this ferret’s needs over any of the others. This however means that if there is another adult female available in the same area, they will often pick out one of the young and take care of it as if it were their own. However, this behaviour hasn’t been observed in a while, as many of the ferrets are kept isolated by themselves to prevent infighting. Ferrets will begin to seek out a mate after about six months, which is when they are considered to be mature. They live until about four years, though many die early due to their breeding standards. They’re prone to dying early, however, either from neglect from their mother or species infighting. Calemberger White Ferrets pick one mate for life, and usually only have about three litters with that mate.
Despite the majority of the population being in captivity and isolated from other members of their species, the Calemberger White Ferret holds onto innate territorial instincts. They are vicious and prone to anger quickly, seeing any member outside of their species, and occasionally of their own species, as an enemy. Despite being hard to tell apart, the males have a heightened anger drive, and they’re usually seen as the troublemakers. This is especially true when two males try to mate with a female, as these ferrets are commonly known as choosing a partner for life In terms of aggression, males will fight over females if they both want to become her life mate, while the females are notoriously calmer than them. Females don’t actually fight over males and expect them to come to her instead. Both genders share the same viciousness, however. A few wayward walkers of the Calemberg streets encounter these white devils that may have been accidentally released, and various amounts of hunters also report sightings of these rare animals. The ferrets are primarily carnivorous, which in turn results in a lot of annoyance from the owners keeping them in captivity. In the wild, the ferrets primarily hunt other small animals. Rabbits, birds and even reptiles are strangely on their feeding list, while groups of ferrets are liable to hunt bigger animals that they will then usually fight over. Ferrets that aren’t in captivity actually prefer to stay in the city, making nests in the small crevices of the street and any park they can find. If this proves difficult, then they’re prone to also living in the forests that dot Calemberg.
Territory and Groupings
Ferrets don’t often find themselves in groups while they’re out in the wild simply due to their small numbers, though they’re prone to staying in one place. One Calemberger ferret nest only contains about six adult ferrets at one time, and is usually made up of straw, grass or branches. The ferrets are generally very territorial, and therefore doesn’t stray very far from the nest. Their irritable nature makes them attack almost anything that’s near their nest, even if it poses as little or no threat at all. They don’t change nests unless they’re obligated to, and keep to a single mate for all of their life. In captivity, their territorial instinct applies to the cage that they’re assigned. Anyone trying to remove them from it will result in vicious attacks from the animal, often causing bites and scratches to the handler in any which way the ferret can handle.
- While a cruel reality, the amount of ferrets killed because they are not white has led to a sharp incline in the amount of ferret meat sold in Calemberg. Since the meat is rather sinewy, it is often not very desirable and therefore sold in meat pies or as animal feed.
- Due to the ferret’s angry nature, Calemberger White Ferret handlers are liable to lose more than one finger during their lifetime. This prompts them to wear chain or even plate gauntlets when handling the animal.
- Before the ferret was introduced to the breeding circle, one of the feral animals attacked a member of Calemberg’s ruling family in 278AC during a public parade. This is what originally brought the ferret into public knowledge, and many peasants remember the day a ferret got close to killing a member of nobility.