Felicia, the Fermilab Ferret

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18 Responses to “Felicia, the Fermilab Ferret”

  1. MonkeyBoy says:

    When I was a kid my Dad used the family cat to run some wires in our house. I think he got the idea after we found the cat running around inside the infrastructure after a large hole had been made in a soffit.

  2. xzzy says:

    For people that love technical documents, there’s a fairly good selection of them here:

    http://beamdocs.fnal.gov/AD/DocDB/Static/Lists/FullList.html

    One of my favorites is this scan from transpariences talking about how the main ring was aligned:

    http://beamdocs.fnal.gov/AD/DocDB/0000/000090/001/MI-0089.pdf

  3. Scatter says:

    Supposedly Boeing used ferrets to run wires through aircraft that were under construction as well.

  4. ryuthrowsstuff says:

    This must be one of the few cases where a robot was less awesome than the alternative.

  5. RIP http://history.fnal.gov/wildlife.html#Felicia

  6. TheOven says:

    So they poisoned the ferret with their vacuum tubed accelerated particles did they? 

  7. If the buffalo got onto Fermilab’s logo, there should be a space for Felicia.

  8. Jacob Zimmerman says:

    Ferrets are known for taking straight paths through obstructions while trailing string.  They were used to wire Buckingham Palace for electricity in the same manner. :-)  In fact, they’re being used to run broadband cables in the UK (or were as recently as 2010:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7541455/Ferrets-key-to-bridging-the-digital-divide-between-cities-and-rural-areas.html )

  9. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    Is this just me, or is Felicia making a near-perfect “I found you a boson; but I eated it.” face?

  10. Sparrow says:

    Here you go…

  11. crenquis says:

    Typical government bloat… They could have simplified the process by giving her steroids.  They could have completely eliminated dragging the rag through the tube.

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