With pregnancy comes sleepless nights – for stoats as well as humans! Watch this poor stoat spin around in circles as it tries its best to get off to sleep.
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Known as stoats in the UK and short tailed weasels in the US, this species is so fast and lithe that few people have observed its behaviour in the wild.
However my hidden cameras mean I have a secret window into their world and was able to catch this moment.
Stoats can have litters of up to seven kits, so they will be playing havoc inside her belly right now I imagine. No wonder she can’t sleep!
Unfortunately, I actually built this nest in the hope that little owls would use it. Looks like the stoat has claimed it now! However, if she chooses to have her kits here it will be amazing to be able to watch the action on camera.
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