Ferret Legging

Chuck has mentioned the sport of ferret legging before in a column, so it's not entirely new to WU. Wikipedia offers this description:

Ferret legging is an endurance test or stunt in which ferrets are trapped in trousers worn by a participant. Also known as put 'em down and ferret-down-trousers, it is a sport that seems to have been popular among coal miners in Yorkshire, England. Contestants put live ferrets inside their trousers; the winner is the one who is the last to release the animals. The world record is five hours and thirty minutes. The sport may have originated during the time when only the relatively wealthy in England were allowed to keep animals used for hunting, forcing poachers to hide their illicit ferrets in their trousers…
The sport is said to involve very little "native skill", simply an ability to "have your tool bitten and not care".

Nick Roberts, back in 1972, took the sport to an unusual extreme. From The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) - Oct 30, 1972:

And here's a video I found in which ferret legging is demonstrated. Except that what's shown doesn't seem to be a true form of the sport, because the contestants are allowing the ferrets to poke their heads out of the trousers, whereas the idea is to trap them inside, thereby generating a panic response.

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 01, 2014
     Category: Sports

The newspaper article from NC is alot more fun to read when you know that pants is the British word for underwear.
Posted by F.U.D. on 06/01/14 at 11:02 AM
Now, if these guys could scrounge up some solid historical facts and get some serious weight behind it they could convince the EU that it's an historically and ethnically valuable art form and bilk get the tax payers to fund their life style.

The guy in the clip weaseled out of the deal after only 2 miles?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/01/14 at 01:35 PM
Is that a ferret in your pants or are you just happy to see me?? :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/01/14 at 08:59 PM
I read that NY is considering allowing them as pets.


P.S. No patty ... it's a cucumber and I'm always happy to see ewe .. I mean you.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/01/14 at 11:12 PM
I once knew a girl who looked like she had two wildcats in her pants.

And this reminded me of "I've Got A Ferret Sticking Up My Nose."
Posted by KDP on 06/02/14 at 09:37 AM
ferret up the trouser leg! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 06/02/14 at 03:42 PM
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