Posted: May 13, 2014, 3:45 p.m. EDT
© Courtesy Alison Parker
Jake And Jasper: A Ferret Tale was the first short film Falcor appeared in; he played Jasper.
It was a shock to many of Falcor the ferret’s fans on Facebook and Twitter when his mom, Alison Parker, posted that she arrived home to find him ill. She rushed him to an emergency vet and posted updates as she and Falcor awaited examination and diagnosis. Sadly, about three hours after the first post, Parker put up the following message: "R.I.P my baby boy Falcor the Ferret. You brought joy to the world and especially me.” Falcor was 4 years old and is survived by his ferret "brother,” Frisco, and Parker.
The reactions were almost instantaneous. Among the many expressions of sorry and hopes that Falcor will rest in peace (RIP) or dook in peace (DIP), people also posted more detailed comments.
"Have never felt so sad for another person's loss. I wish this wasn't real. Goodbye dear Falcor." — Dawn Marie Klüg
"I'm so sorry to hear of Falcor passing. Many hearts are broken along with yours today. He brought the ferret community together like the true Ambassador he was. Dook in peace little man.” — Lori Drapeau
"Alison and Frisco, I am so sorry to learn that Falcor, your friend, baby boy and brother, and love in your lives and ours, has left this life. Sending love and sincere hope that you will find peace in coming days and joy in his memory. He was a wonderful little soul who lived an extraordinary life, which you helped to create for him, Alison. I have such gratitude to you both for the movies you made together, for sharing your lives through this page, and for the myriad ways you've touched my heart and life and the hearts and lives of so many others, and raised awareness about the "little ones." So much love...” — Jai Trimpe
Connor Stanhope, an actor who worked with Falcor on the movie Jake And Jasper: A Ferret Tale and the trailer for the movie The Ferret Squad, tweeted a photo and message on Twitter.
© Courtesy Connor Stanhope via Twitter.com/connor_stanhope.
Today, Parker posted another message on Falcor’s Facebook page:
"Thank you all for your kind messages. It's a very hard time for us today. Falcor touched the hearts of so many. He was a happy, silly, funny, bouncing ball of energy. He always wanted to play, and he would do anything for a treat. The smartest ferret I ever knew. He will live on forever in his films. I still can't believe he is gone.”
Some fans have changed their profile photo to an image of Falcor to honor him. Others have asked Parker if she still needs funds to pay the veterinary bill. She has been out of work for a month and in her initial post about finding Falcor, requested help paying the fee for the emergency vet visit. People rallied to quickly reach the $205 fee via Paypal. Parker posted on the Facebook page the email address to send funds via Paypal.
Falcor first came to most people’s attention when he played the role of Jasper in the short film Jake And Jasper: A Ferret Tale. He then worked on a trailer for the movie The Ferret Squad; his character was named Digger. His latest work was playing the ferret Booger in the short film The Magic Ferret, which is currently making the rounds of the film festivals.
Previous to his film work, Falcor also appeared in commercials and public service announcements, and you can see a video where the actors and crew for The Ferret Squad talk about working with ferrets.
Falcor was the epitome of a good ferret ambassador. He represented his species with honor and showed the loving and fun side of ferrets. And he knew how to "work” the cameras. He will be missed.
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© Courtesy Alison Parker
Falcor worked on the short film The Magic Ferret in 2013.