Engaging cause

Britain's first charity devoted to ferrets has been set up in Worcestershire. Droitwich Ferret Welfare aims to convince the public that the sharp-toothed rodents deserve as much love and care as birds or kittens. Anne Robinson, who set up the organisation with two friends, aims to rescue, treat and re-home 20 neglected ferrets a year.

She also plans to spread the message to schools and workplaces that ferrets don't deserve such a bad rap. "They suffer more than any other domestic animal from poor husbandry, misunderstanding and a poor image," she said.

Ferrets have a poor sense of direction and many roam the countryside aimlessly after getting lost while hunting rabbits. Robinson has been helping to save the furry creatures for six years. "We should be able to gain public confidence for helping ferrets now that they know we are a recognised charity."

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