I’m long and I’m furry,
Sometimes brown sometimes white.
While I look cute and cuddly,
I’m fierce and I’ll fight.
This week’s local animal is the Stoat, also known as an ermine or a short-tailed weasel! These little guys weigh in at 180-250 grams, and are only (mm) from tip to tail!
Stoats are well adapted to northern climes, and even have two different coat colours for camouflage!
The stoat’s winter coat is pure white, perfect for hunting in the snow, whereas its summer coat is brown-backed to blend in with the forest floor. The name “ermine” is used exclusively for a stoat in winter colours!