yep, totally can't tell in the face shapes/eyes/ears. Except maybe Shady and Chelly, they have a kind of wide nose. But I don't know if that's because they have light faces so you can see the nose ridge more? I can never tell
D.I.P. Ellie, Pippin, and Goomba. You taught me how to love fiercely, and you were the best trio I could have asked for.
Here is my Big Boy, Baloo, as a baby. When I came asking, I was told he had Tell-tale signs of being a Waardy Baby... Here are some old shots on him as a baby.... I wish I had some more recent pics... He's changed a lot! He's now close to being a half panda ( Yup... half.... Top half looks like a panda, bottom looks like... well... a marked DEW... ). With the speed at which he's turning white, I assume by next shed he'll be close to being a complete DEW...
Something I've found that has helped with recognizing the physical shape is to think of a Down's Syndrome child. Eyes wider apart, flatter facial structure, ears not quite matching up. Then look at the ferret's face with that in mind.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
I've found quite a few of the Waardies do indeed either figure out by being slow and cute people love them or it just comes to them naturally. There is a wide range of behaviours that tag them for what they are, but generally they're loveable ciao
Dany is my Waardy. Ned has quite a bit of white, but does not have the waardenburg head shape nor is he deaf. Dany, on the other hand has very little white (all of her markings are cream, not white), however she does have a blaze and white knee hairs. She also has a white spot on her tail. Her skull shape is very atypical for ferrets, but seems to fit in well with waardies.
One thing that is different about her that I have not heard mentioned about waardies is that her nose is shorter than I've seen most ferrets.
Pic showing the shorter nose
Pic from above showing the wide bridge of her nose
Keep in mind Dany is still a kit, and these pics were taken at around 5 months of age.
ETA: Also, as I've seen several people mention about their waardies, Dany is dumb as a fence post, but extremely attentive to people. She's not overly affectionate, but she makes a very concerted effort to include you in everything she is doing. If there is a ferret in the room that doesn't want to play with the person in the room, she will attempt to drag that ferret over to the person so she can play with both.
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