We have some friends that had a temporary job transfer... to Singapore. They didn't want to bring any of their pets because of the difficulties. They selected some people to take care of their pets while they were on their 3 year "vacation". We got their fuzzy named Hogarth(:
Hogarth is a girl 5 year old ferret now. The name, as you are probably wondering, was given to her by the previous owners... and they thought she was a he. We did a little research and found out otherwise. Her nicknames include Hogalicious, HogiWogi, and most commonly Hogie.
Anyways, we fell in love with our little fuzzie. But eventually, our friends came back. We were dying to see them, and they were dying to see us... er, Hogie. And us. To our kids liking, they let us keep her, seeing how we love her so much. We let them visit as often as they please, though. And they are planning on getting another fuzzy.
So all's well that ends well, right? I came to this website to check on the lifespan of ferrets, seeing as we plan on loving her so much longer, and always in our hearts. (Thanks to the website owner for the info, ferrets live 9-10 years. 5 more years for this girl, hopefully!)