The Water Bowl: Endangered Ferrets Go to 'Boot Camp'

09/29/2011 at 11:30 AM EDT

The Water Bowl: Endangered Ferrets Go to 'Boot Camp'
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The National Zoo's endangered black-footed ferrets were sent to "boot camp" Wednesday to prepare the animals for life in the wild. The program, which exposes them to underground burrows and gives them the chance to kill prey, is meant to help increase the population of critters that were pronounced extinct in the late 1970's. –

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