Today’s blog post I thought I’d do something a little different and slightly random and give you a brief fact file on stoats:
~ A female stoat has the gestation period of 11 months which is unusual due to the fact that it differs markedly from the general relationship between gestation period and body mass for mammals (most mammals this size have a much smaller gestation period).
~ They come from the Ermine family which includes weasels and ferrets. A family noted for its reputation to aggression, fondness for eggs and desirability of pelt.
~ Animal rights campaigners have at times released members of the Ermine family from Ermine farms without permission which has had a disastrous effect on the local ecosystem as they are skilled predators.
~ They are highly intelligent and can be trained to do many tricks.
~ Stoats belong to a illustrious group of animals whose name includes a common crop. Other members of this group include the Corncrake and the Cockatrice.
~ Stoats have an unusually large amount of letters in their name given that their name is monosyllabic. Other examples of 5 lettered monosyllabic animal names include the mouse, the horse, the shark and the swift. 6 lettered monosyllabic names are even rarer, the Chough being an example.
~ Stoats can make excellent pets and leashes can be procured for them also.
~ Stoats rarely leave messy remains of their prey.
~ Its droppings are long and thin often with a tapering twist at either end.
~ They run with a bounding gallop.
In order to tell apart a weasel and a stoat it is merely necessary to remember that a weasel is weasely weconisible whilst a stoat is stoatally different.
Hope you've enjoyed this random little post! I'll be back soon with more yummy makes!