We dont know what to do about our ferret...
My fiance and I have two ferrets, Basil and Tara(gon)
Both relatively the same age, Tara is about 2 months younger than basil and they both are about a year old since we bought them. Basil is a boy, Tara is a girl.
I know the girls are naturally smaller than the boys but tara never really grew. No big deal, I tend to always buy runts, and I like it that way.
They get along great together, most of the time. They play, sleep together, clean each other, etc.
However for the past few months, Basil CONTINUALLY bites tara right behind the ear. Not just biting, but biting, locking down, and holding on. He drags her around the hammock and around the cage by her neck/ear, and wont let go for a looong time.
Tara for her part hisses all she can and squals and screams...it is definately the pain scream and not a cluck by any means. It wakes me up at night often because of how loud it is...but she is too small to do anything about it.
My fiance is currently studying abroad and im left alone with these ferrets, and to be honest I feel like a single dad trying to raise infants. Im losing a lot of sleep because I keep getting woken up by them, and I feel so bad because of what obvious pain Tara is going through.
Please note I provide them a two story cage with a hammock and a bed, let them out frequently, and provide them with plenty of toys.
So, the questions:
1) WHY is Basil doing this?
2) Is it natural?
3) Is Tara really in pain?
4) Can I get Basil to stop? Reprimanding doesnt work, and letting Tara out of her cage while leaving him in doesnt work either.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated...we just dont know what else to do.