Who will win? See what happens when this stoat tries to take down a rat.
I was incredibly lucky to have a close sighting of a stoat predating a rat whilst visiting Rutland Water. Most of my sightings of stoats are fleeting glimpses as they dash across the road, but to see one at such close quarters, catching a rat, was very lucky!
The action began around the bird feeding station, moving out onto the road surrounded by local Birdwatchers.
The easiest and most reliable way to tell a stoat (Mustela erminea) from a weasel (Mustela nivalis) is the tail. A stoat’s tail is around half the length of its body and ends in a bushy black tip. A weasel’s tail is short and stubby by comparison and solely brown in colour.
Filmed in the wild at Rutland Water in February 2011.
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