What is the difference between the wild European polecat (Mustela putorius) and the domestic ferret (M. p. furo)?
I’ve seen pictures of polecats, and to me they look identical to sable ferrets. They seem to be about the same size, too. Apart from the fact that ferrets have been bred for different coat colours, is there any physical difference between the two animals?
How about tempermentally? I expect that polecats wouldn’t be as affectionate or controllable as ferrets, since they don’t have thousands of years of selective breeding for docile behaviour, but just how unfriendly or vicious would one be if it were raised by humans as a pet?