Ferret Scandal Sinks City Employee

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The New York Times has the story today of a local government worker "who discovered that of all the political pests that can vex public servants, the ferret often leaves the harshest bite." Caseworker Kempe Hope was fired for hiring a welfare recipient he oversaw to pet-sit his weasel-like creature, which the city's Conflict of Interest Board deemed exploitative. Also, let's not forget — let's not forget, Dude — that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city — that ain't legal either.