Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence on WXXI-TV

Ferrets: The Pursuit of Excellence on WXXI-TV

Tue, 07/06/2010 - 9:00pm
Ferret fanciers often dress their fuzzy friends in costume. Pictured here, a ferret dressed as a fairy.

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A look at one of the quirkiest show animals.

Ohio's annual Ferret Buckeye Bash is the largest and most popular ferret show in the country. Hundreds of top breeders, seasoned experts and ferret enthusiasts pamper and parade their pets in a quest for prizes and prestige. Though these mischievous and often quirky creatures are unlikely show animals, the competition is intense. Tension is high as judges cast critical eyes over the bone structure, muscle mass and temperament of each furry critter. The tiny competitors, however, don't understand what all the fuss is about: They're too busy creating mayhem when no one's watching.

FERRETS: THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE encores Tuesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Mark Lewis’ THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE, a series of four one-hour films, celebrates the ambition, determination and passion of those who pursue distinction in slightly unconventional fields. Each film showcases the training and preparation required to be competitive and reveals the surprising, and sometimes heartbreaking, results of that dedication. Other programs in the series include HAIRWORLD: THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE,  LORDS OF THE GOURD: THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE and SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE.

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