Found on the Bishops' Castle - Craven Arms road next to a hedgerow
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I think this is more likely to be a ferret - the pink nose is a clue. It is very difficult to tell polecats/ferrets and hybrids apart - see long discussion here: http://ispot.org.uk/node/31065
More likely to be ferret
Poor thing. Had it been run over by a vehicle?
Have you reported the sighting to Vincent Wildlife Trust? I think they would be interested to see the photo and know the location, as it all adds to their database of sightings of polecats/ferrets/hybids.
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Poor thing I will never get used to seeing road accident victims:(
I am confused about polecats and ferrets. Is the connection similiar to that of rock doves and feral pidgeons? (ie are ferrets a domesticated version or relative?) plus am excited to realise there are wild polecats further south than scotland!
Ferrets are the domesticated version of polecats (as dogs are the domesticated version of wolves) and are therefore able to hybridise with them.
Cheers much apreciated:)
Lat/Lng: 52.484, -2.912
OS grid ref: SO381877