POCKET ROCKET

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild August -

Weasels stay ac­tive all year – th­ese busy lit­tle car­ni­vores don’t hole up in win­ter, eat­ing a third of their body­weight ev­ery day – but late sum­mer is your best chance of see­ing one. The pop­u­la­tion is swelled by large num­bers of young, and those from the ear­li­est lit­ters in May are now old enough to breed them­selves. Weasels are uni­formly brown, lack­ing the dipped-in-ink tail of stoats. Size is an­other dif­fer­ence – adult rab­bits are favourite stoat prey, whereas weasels spe­cialise in voles and mice, be­ing small enough to get into their bur­rows.

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