European Polecat

Mustela putorius

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European polecats have a slender body ideal for entering tight burrows in search of prey. This characteristic of polecats made them ideal for domesticating given that the people of Europe felt polecats were ideal to rid their communities of rats, rabbits, and other pests. Domesticated polecats are known as ferrets.

European polecats are solitary and will defend their territory against other polecats of the same sex. Copulation is unique in that males will grab a female by the neck and then drag her backwards and forwards until she becomes limp. Once she does, he will mate with her.


Rodents, amphibians, rabbits, eggs, birds, and insects


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