In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a ferret peaks through a basket handle opening in its cage, in La Mesa, Calif. Pet ferrets abound despite being illegal to own in California. Thousands of people call them pets. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a ferret peaks through a basket handle opening in its cage, in La Mesa, Calif.  Pet ferrets abound despite being illegal to own in California. Thousands of people call them pets.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 photo, a ferret peaks through a basket handle opening in its cage, in La Mesa, Calif. Pet ferrets abound despite being illegal to own in California. Thousands of people call them pets. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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