Explaining how she became so close to her furry pets, Sophie said: ‘The ferrets were my excuse to leave the house and not seem as alone as I was. I took them for quite long walks in the hills near my home.
‘It might sound sad but they were my friends. For a long time, along with my sister, they were the only friends that I had.
‘The ferrets wouldn’t judge me and were always there for me when I had a bad day. They were a big responsibility.