An adorable ferret delighted netizens with his surprised expression in a viral video this week.
Originally shared on TikTok by themodernferret in 2020, the video gained new attention on Reddit this week when it was re-shared and received over 55,000 upvotes.
In the video, the ferret runs down the stairs and is followed by an array of colorful toys, to which he has a hilarious shock reaction.
The ferret in the video is deaf, which the All About Ferrets website says is common among white-headed ferrets.
Delighted with the video, viewers on TikTok and Reddit rushed to share their thoughts.
One TikTok user wrote, “He looks so happy and surprised,” while another joked, “That’s so sweet. What a happy noodle.”
“I can’t tell if he’s happy or fighting for his life,” another viewer joked on Reddit. Another commenter said, “This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.”
“He is absolutely shaken,” said another viewer of the popular video.
Members of the weasel family, ferrets are a popular pet, but owning ferrets is completely prohibited in California, the District of Columbia and Hawaii. Certain rules and regulations also exist in other parts of the United States.
There are a number of reasons ferrets are legally banned in certain areas, including concerns about aggression and biting, but also the threat of colonization if they escape their homes.
Ferrets often get a bad rap due to aggression and high maintenance requirements, but the calm, curious, and intelligent animals are also known to be loving companions, perfect for people who can give them the time and care they need. they need.
The adorable (and now viral) video was shared by The Modern Ferret-owned TikTok account. Beginning as an Instagram account over five years ago and thriving into one of the largest communities of ferret owners on the planet, The Modern Ferret works hard to educate the public about the joy of keeping ferrets as pets. of company.
In addition to sharing videos, photos and knowledge with their online community, the team also creates an annual, best-selling ferret calendar and visits schools to educate children about proper pet ownership. .
“So healthy,” another person said on the Reddit post. While another commenter said, “This is now my favorite video on the internet.”
“Cuteness overload,” another comment read, “Made me my biggest, most ridiculous smile.”
Newsweek has contacted themodernferret for comment.