Weasel Whiskers

Weasel Whiskers

Observation - Weasel Whiskers - UK and Ireland. Description: On closer examination of a dead weasel which was found hit by a car, I see that it has three long white whiskers on each elbow, and a number of shorter hairs which stand in a tuft closer to the paw. The long hairs stand over an inch out from the skin, a

On closer examination of a dead weasel which was found hit by a car, I see that it has three long white "whiskers" on each elbow, and a number of shorter hairs which stand in a tuft closer to the paw. The long hairs stand over an inch out from the skin, and the shorter ones are a only a fraction of that length.
Can anyone suggest what these tufts are for and explain why this weasel has them, but none of the others I have ever seen has had them?