Just weeks after the Brewers adopted a little stray dog they later named "Hank," the Brew City Bruisers roller derby team announced the team was adopting a ferret.
"Our mascot might not be as fluffy and lovable, but when we saw her eating a moldy muffin next to the garbage bins behind the bar, we knew she was ours," says Meredith Sheldon, who is a blocker for the Bruisers and goes by the derby name "Crush Limbaugh."
Hank the Dog was named after former Milwaukee Braves and Brewers baseball legend, Hank Aaron, and the Bruisers wanted to pick a Brew City-flavored name for their new pet, too.
"We named him Tom Ferret, you know, after our mayor," says Crush.
The ferret will attend all of the home games and his image will also be embossed on the team’s knee pads. Crush says they are looking into having tiny skates made for the freakishly long and skinny mammal so he can take a few laps before and after bouts.
"We found some on Etsy, but we’re going to try to make our own," she says.
Like skunks, ferrets can release anal gland secretions when startled or scared. This might be a problem considering the roller derby crowds usually get pretty rowdy.
But when I asked Crush about this she didn’t seem too worried.
"Who will notice? The smell of blood, sweat and badass-ness will mask anything nasty that blows from that weasel’s bunghole," she says.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
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