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Saturday, 10 July 2010


This is a polecat, described by Wikipedia thus:

The European Polecat (Mustela putorius), also known as a fitch, foumart, or foulmart, is a member of the Mustelidae family, and is related to the stoats, otters, and minks. Polecats are dark brown with a lighter bandit-like mask across the face, pale yellow underbody fur, a long tail and short legs. They are somewhat larger than weasels but smaller than otters, weighing between 0.7 kg for females to 1.7 kg for males. The European Polecat is the wild ancestor of the domesticated ferret.

Strangely I can see no sign of a a “bandit like mask”, but I notice the animal has distincitve face markings.

Posted by bigblue on 10/07/2010 at 09:14 AM
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I wonder how they relate to skunks?

Posted by SteveH  on  12/07/2010  at  07:20 AM

In some parts of the USA they use the term “polecat” also for skunks. I understand the European polecat is not related to the skunk. Skunks are in the family Mephitidae.

Posted by bigblue  on  13/07/2010  at  09:36 AM

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