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we went to Polesden Lacey today. we went last easter too. there was no chalk fire engine this time.

however, there was this funny little animal which popped out of a clump of grass next to where we were having a picnic. it was shaped abit like a mini-squirrel but without the tail and was very jumpy. it was also quite ferret like.

we've not a clue what it was. any thoughts ? i managed to get some photos of it as it popped it's head up. it was quite small and far away, hence the poor resolution:

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update: as sandi spotted, it's probably a weasel:
here and here

oh dear. but now i'm not sure if it was actually a Stoat.

Apparently, "the stoat is sometimes mistaken for its close relative, the weasel, but it is larger and has a distinctive black tip to its tail, whereas the weasel's tail is all brown". we have no tail pictures to investigate. i don't think i saw black on the tail.

if it were a weasel, perhaps it tricked us


sandi said:

He looks a lot like Tufty of the Tufty Club crossing the road organisation fame. I'm not too sure what species Tufty was though.

sandi said:

No no no! I meant his mate Willy Weasel, as illustrated here: http://www.scarysquirrel.org/tufty/manifesto/book2/page2.html

funkypancake said:

you are right. it is Willy Weasel. he wasn't wearing a blue jumper. but it was definately him. i'll update the main entry forthwith and straight away

Giles said:

From the old joke department:

A weasel is weasely recognised, but a stoat is stoatally different

funkypancake said:

heh heh. thanks for those weasel words !

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