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Ferrets: The Pursuit Of Excellence

Airs Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A ferret poses amidst the various Buckeye Bash prizes.

A ferret dressed as a fairy as featured in "Ferrets: The Pursuit Of Excellence." Ferret fanciers often dress their fuzzy friends in costume.
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Above: A ferret dressed as a fairy as featured in "Ferrets: The Pursuit Of Excellence." Ferret fanciers often dress their fuzzy friends in costume.

Ohio's annual Ferret Buckeye Bash is the largest and most popular ferret show in the country. Hundreds of top breeders, seasoned experts and ferret enthusiasts pamper and parade their pets in a quest for prizes and prestige.

Though these mischievous and often quirky creatures are unlikely show animals, the competition is intense. Tension is high as judges cast critical eyes over the bone structure, muscle mass and temperament of each furry critter.

The tiny competitors, however, don't understand what all the fuss is about: They're too busy creating mayhem when no one's watching.

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Preview: Ferrets: The Pursuit Of Excellence

Above: At the 2006 Ferret Buckeye Bash hundreds of ferret lovers parade their mischievous pets in a quest for prizes and prestige.