Delinda Lombardo 9:30 a.m., May 20
Come to Petco, buy a ferret...errr...guinea pig
“Pet ferrets are a fun way to help young students learn these important skills at home so they’re ready to take on the new school year,” proclaims a release from animal and animal supply retailer Petco bearing a San Diego dateline. The company has announced that all of its stores will be holding a “Meet the Critters” event this weekend promoting the purchase of ferrets as children’s pets.
“Ferrets, just like every living thing, need food and proper care. By putting children in charge of making sure the animal is properly fed and well maintained, it will encourage them to set schedules and follow them,” continues the release. “This helps children keep track of time – a skill easily transferable to the school year.”
Petco goes on to promise that ferret ownership boosts kids’ responsibility levels and self-esteem, both desirable traits indeed.
The only problem – possession of ferrets is technically illegal in San Diego, and in the state of California as a whole, which the company concedes at the end of their promotional announcement.
“Petco is aware that some cities and states do not allow ferrets, and these locations will focus on guinea pigs instead.”