Friday Ferretblogging: Nuclear Ferret Edition

Via Maitri, let’s hear it for Felicia, the Fermilab Ferret! 

In 1971, this ferret played a key role in the construction of particle accelerators at Fermilab’s Meson Laboratory. As sections of vacuum chamber were connected together, Felicia would run through them, dragging a string. After she had carried the string all the way through, researchers would use the line to run a rag doused in cleaning solution through the long, narrow tubes.

I gotta say, reading that? Bucky’s not coming close to earning his keep. 



2 thoughts on “Friday Ferretblogging: Nuclear Ferret Edition

  1. montag says:

    Well, some of us have an aptitude for science, and some of us don’t.
    Might be the same with ferrets.

  2. jim wallace says:

    Ferrets were used in the construction industry early in the 20th century. They’d pull a string through conduit or behind walls, which could then be used to pull electrical wiring into position.
    I think since then they voted themselves into a permanent welfare state.

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