Saturday, October 17, 2009


"The ermine, or short-tailed weasel, is the tiny terror of the tundra. This 2 1/2-ounce lightweight hunts lemmings, mice and ground squirrels with the ferocity of a grizzly bear, dispatching its victims with a single bite to the back of the neck. The kill is make when the ermine's needle-sharp upper canines penetrate the rodent's spine or skull. Death for the hapless victim is instantaneous."

Oh dear.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's an efficient means of dispatching prey, especially when one is set to automatically attack a new target if it presents itself before the ermine has a chance to start eating. Kill more than is needed - otherwise, one risks starvation.
Also, ermines have a great love of the brains of their prey - they like much of the body, save for the paws, tail and tip of the nose, but they appear to really love brain.
-Seadog Driftwood