Black-footed ferrets are named after their distinctive dark-furred feet, which start to appear around the time they are 2 weeks old. Potpie’s three kits were right on schedule for this milestone! On the Black-footed Ferret Cam, viewers can see the change on the kits’ feet — and may start to see their mask-like facial markings too. The rest of their fur also started to change from the white peach fuzz they are born with to a thicker and tan color typical of adults.
These kits are also right on track in weight as well! On June 16, the males weighed 167 grams and 163 grams, while the female weighed 153 grams. Each are about the weight of a hockey puck. We are now weighing the kits on a weekly basis to monitor their growth and development.
One exciting development we noted in the last week was their deciduous, or baby, teeth growing in. We can see the teeth when the kits open their mouths and webcam viewers may notice the kits chewing on stuff in the den, including Potpie and each other!
These teeth are important for when the kits start sampling meat from Potpie’s diet. While we have not seen any of the kits eating from mom’s bowl, they have started to smell and check it out! Eating meat is an acquired taste, so as they begin to transition to eating it fully, the kits will continue to nurse for a few more months.