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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild July -

More nat­u­ral-his­tory TV pro­grammes have been made about lions and tigers than stoats. Yet these rus­set-backed, cream-bel­lied mustelids are not rare, merely stealthy. Usu­ally, all you’ll see is a flash of brown as one streaks across a path or coun­try lane. But if you’re lucky, you might spot a fe­male hunt­ing rab­bits or voles in broad day­light for her kits, born in April or May. Near the den, the young can be very play­ful, chas­ing one an­other around dry-stone walls and old rab­bit bur­rows, prac­tis­ing the pounces on which they will de­pend when they soon dis­perse.

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Learn how to tell stoats and weasels apart: mam­mal.org.uk

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