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."