What Is the Ferret War Dance?


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The ferret war dance consists of a series of backwards and sideways hops, often with an arched back and a bushy tail, while emitting a series of clucking vocalizations. Also known as the weasel war dance, it's common to several members of the weasel family, including stoats and polecats.

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What Is the Ferret War Dance?
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Among wild animals, the dance is probably used to confuse and disorient the animal's prey. Among domestic animals, the behavior usually follows play or the successful capture of a toy, and it's a sign of enjoyment. The dance usually begins and ends with the animal placing its forepaws on the ground, head up and mouth open.

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