Kiwi's Lucky Escape

by Rachel
(Stafford, UK)

Leaves! Wonderful Leaves!

Leaves! Wonderful Leaves!

My story is a long one, and so unbelievable it's almost like a fairytale, but it's worth it for the ending! :)

(We're against buying from breeders when so many ferrets are in shelters, but we already had ten ferrets and I wanted a kit. None in our shelters, so a breeder it was. I don't regret going to the breeder for a minute because if I had goen to a rescue that day, I wouldn't have the wonderful little bundle I have now.)

The birth of "Kit7" didn't quite go to plan. He was stuck in his mothers birth canal for 12 minutes. The breeder was only concerned about her "prize mother" and did all she could to save her, and just dumped Kit7 aside when he finally emerged into the world.
Thankfully, and miraculously, he survived the ordeal. Though smaller than the rest, and often shunned by his brother and sisters and even his mother, he made it to six weeks old, getting minimal feeds from his mother when the rest of the litter were done.
When I went to the breeder to find a new ferret addition to the family, I saw Kit7 in the corner of the nest and asked about him.
The reply?
"He's not for sale, he's ill. We're taking him to be put down because we can't make money from him and don't want the burden whilst we're breeding."
Heartless. This woman was going to destroy this tiny little bundle because he wouldn't make her a profit.
Being trapped without air for 12 minutes had caused brain damage, and Kit7 was slow and clumsy.
I told her I'd take him, and she refused. I begged her to let me take him home but she just said over and over that he was to be put to sleep and wouldn't be sold.
Finally I gave her a choice. She took my extra offer of £50 for Kit7, or I reported her for animal cruelty and dishonest intentions through breeding. Her main goal was profit, profit, profit, and she didn't care a bit about the animals, except her breeding jill. She had no choice but to accept.
I bundled Kit7 into a box and took him straight to the vets. When he was assessed, we not only found out he had brain damage, but was also suffering malnutrition. After 4 weeks of hand feeding, hydration drips and medication trials, Kit7 finally improved, and on the 15th July 2009, he came home. We named him Kiwi, because he was fed on Kiwi fruit and meat mixes to raise his blood sugar. For another 3 weeks after he came home, he was back and forth to the vets for medication and tests, and he started having seizures. He got worse and worse, and we thought his stay was going be a short one.
But again, Kiwi pulled through. He improved day by day, and eventually we found medication that helped him.
Today, Kiwi takes 13 different tablets and has a shot once a week. He is clumsy, because of his brain damage, but also super-fast. So much that his body doesn't know when he's tired. We have to give him a sedative every evening to let his body rest. Without it, he would run himself to exhaustion.
When we thought Kiwi had been through it all, he was diagnosed with adrenal disease at 7 months old. Rare, but vets said his hormonal imbalance contributed towards it. After 2 operations to save him, he was pronounced fit again. But he was thin, balding and exhausted.
He now takes medication for the adrenal disease, and hormone shots to help his fur grow.
Despite all he's been through, Kiwi is the happiest, bounciest, most playful and loyal ferret anyone could ask for. He never leaves my side, comes to work with me, goes to bed with me, and eats underneath my chair when we have meals. He is the most gentle little thing, plays with people, animals, and even insects without making a scratch. He melts the heart of everyone who meets him, and has a never-ending list of friends.
For a one year old, he's been though more than most ferrets see in a lifetime. (And cost me a fortune in vets bills.)
After all he has been through I think Kiwi deserves the world.
I can't give him that.
I can only give him my love and care.
But I hope this makes everyone think about how suddenly they could lose their furries, or their family for that matter.
Treasure every day you spend with them, give them all the love you can, and never let them go.
You don't know what you've got in life until something threatens to take it away.

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Sep 13, 2011
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kiwi!
by: Becca

What a special little guy! He is so lucky to have you and his big fuzzy family!

Jun 16, 2010
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oops
by: Amber

*kiwi not mocha, had coffee on the brain lol sorry

Jun 16, 2010
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Mocha!
by: Amber

Heartbreaking! What a gorgeous little man and what a heartless woman to deny the little one a chance at a healthy life. I hope that woman lost everything through her cruelty - I hope she never again touches a ferret. Hug little Mocha for me, hes a very special ferret, and you're an amazing woman.

Jun 13, 2010
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kiwi
by: narelle gow

hello there what a heartrenching story atrue proof of true dedication & love of the asnimals that are in your care please god bless you you are an angel of all animals cheers narelle

Jun 13, 2010
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Brave Kiwi, you're a star!
by: merlintheferret

It's great to read your story. It's also good to see fellow rescue ferts out there. See you on facebook amigo!

Jun 13, 2010
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Lucky Boy!
by: Monsta Ferret

Made my Mummy cry lots KiwiFerret - yous has such a special Mummy - yous is such a lucky little Fert xxx

Jun 13, 2010
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More fuzzies?
by: Rachel (Author)

We have recently taken in 2 more ferrets from a rescue. They were beaten and abused at their last home, and seized by RSPCA. Thankfully, the damage to these girls is only skin deep, and only scars and one crooked tail remain. Nothing like Kiwi.
Mouse and Fidget are skittish, but with some love and care they will be right as rain in no time.
They bring out grand total to 13 ferrets, all of them from a rescue, apart from Kiwi, who in my mind was also rescued, not a minute to early.

All these and a baby in a two bedroom house is a bit of a squeeze, but I'm so devoted to my ferrets that me and my husband are buying a bigger house just so we can keep them!

Jun 13, 2010
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thank you "anonymous"
by: Rachel (author)

thankyou anonymous (i know who you are!)

As far as I know, after word got out about where Kiwi was from, the breeder is no longer operating and isn't known to have any pets of any kind.
I was horrified to see that someone who has complete control over the life of a baby animal would choose to let it suffer.
Kiwi has taught me a lot about life and how much the people in it can affect you, in good and bad ways. He's taught me that you yourself are the only thing that can stop you enjoying life.
Looking after Kiwi has taught me never to give up on anything or anyone, and that putting in the effort can bring great rewards.
I've learnt there are very few people who will put in so much time for something so small, and so many people who are willing to let something suffer because it has no voice.

Jun 13, 2010
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WOW WOW WOW
by: Anonymous

You are a very special lady for what you have taken on. Not many would do that the costs and time, but KIWI is a very special ferret too and very lucky to have a person like you to make sure you were not leaving that breeder with out him...
One thing you are very lucky to have each other, and a very special bond you both will always have.
The ongoing treatment, love and care you give is what will keep that little guy fighting too.
Your story is one for all of us to learn by dont give up on something keep trying as you can make a difference if you and the sick one fight for it.
You both have WON IN MY HEART!

Jun 13, 2010
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Kiwi says:
by: Rachel (author)

Mocha we dont brings up my past a lot cause it makes me and mommy sad :(
but it also makes me sad to see little furries being hurted or neglected, so mommy says we should tells people so dey might help da ferrets dat need peoples to look afta dem!
I is a special ferret now :)
i gots a warm bed and lotsa fwends :)
and yes, a lovely fuzzy girlfwend who's a star!!

Jun 12, 2010
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Hi Kiwi!!!
by: Mocha Java Ferret

Awwww...Kiwi, I no know you hadz it soo wough! I sowwy all dem peoplez waz so mean tah youz! Yer mommy right! You deserve de world! I gwad youz got a good mommy an' home nowz. :) An' you evenz havez wotz an' wotz o' fwiendz too! An' a girlfwiend dat iz de ferret o' de month! Youz a wucky ferret!!! :)

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