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Mystery Mammal

Observed: 14th August 2011 By: SandiMegSandiMeg’s reputation in Mammals

The tail is too short for a rat - could it be a juvenile otter?

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Small mustelid

It is definitely either a stoat or a weasel from the size and fur colour. If you look up at the top right you can see a leg with dull brown fur and a patch of pale cream fur underneath, distinctive of a stoat or a weasel.

As to which one that is actually rather easy, look at the tail it is complete and rather short so if there were any doubts over rat then the tail would rule that out. However, it is also missing the distinctive black tip of a stoat, as well as not being long enough for a stoat.

Hence it is a weasel.

Graham Banwell

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