Since they were adopted as pets centuries ago, your people's love of ferrets has only grown. Today, these polecats have slinked their way into every conceivable facet of the culture, from insurance mascots to millenial cults to popular cartoons like Ferret Science! In fact, the kids are so into this show (where the long-suffering Tom Cat is subjected to daily indignities in the interests of science) that it's fueling a scientific renaissance!
Who knew a cat's lung surface area could cover a whole squash court? Ferret Science!