The tail of an ex-weasel

The tail of an ex-weasel


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The wildlife around site never ceases to amaze me- although in this case it’s more like wild-death as the weasel he found in his poly tunnel is dead-an ex-weasel so to speak. It shows signs of damage around its head so it could possibly have been the victim of a predator as although weasels are ferocious predators, due to their diminutive stature they often fall victim to other larger predators like owls and cats. Their short legs and long slim bodies enable them to follow their main prey -mice and voles- into narrow crevices and holes and their lightning fast action means they are successful in catching their victims more often than not.

A live version of the weasel that Roger found
A live version of the weasel that Roger found

They really do live life in the fast lane and their rapid metabolism means that if they go without food for more than a few hours they are in danger of starving to death, so in bad winters when food is scarce weasel numbers can plummet. They are similar in appearance to stoats, but are smaller (about three mice long) and stoats have a distinctive black tip to their tail.