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Is this a weasel?

Hi, I found this little guy down the side of a concrete block beside my back step hiding from my cat (he’s an indoor cat just comes out occasionally with me in the back). 

He was about 10-12cm long, brown coat and slinky looking. I’ve looked online I’m guessing he is a weasel? I moved the block slightly for him to get out and he went running away down the path and into a flower bed. Very cute, I’m in the city and have never seen one before. 


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,650
    @Steph14 he must have been a young weasel as that is small even for a weasel, stoats are bigger. Did you happen to notice if he was brown all over with a shortish tail? A stoat has a longer tail with a black tip.
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  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    I feel like you should have posted a warning @Fire

    I was expecting cute animal pictures and I have to look at that?
  • Steph14Steph14 Posts: 17
    @Busy-Lizzie I didn’t see the tail very well so guessing it must have been short, he was very small and quick, Hope he will be okay if he’s just a baby.

    i agree @fire your picture needs a warning! 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,377
    Apologies to all for the shock.
  • SuesynSuesyn Posts: 642
    Could have been a ferret. I gather lots of people buy them as pets and then abandon them when they discover they bite! 
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Surely everyone knows how to identify these creatures:

    a weasel's weaselly recognised; a stoat's stoatally different.
  • herbaceousherbaceous Posts: 2,318
    Any chance it might be a vole Steph14 if you didn't see the tail clearly?
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  • Steph14Steph14 Posts: 17
    I don’t think it was a vole, I have seen one of them before and they are more mice like? This did have a longer body, I wish I’d managed to get a better picture or video. Possibly a ferret but very small.
  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Posts: 2,776
    edited July 2020
    ? Mink maybe.
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