The Polecat is back in Britain!

The Polecat – the ancient ancestor of the domestic ferret and once hunted almost to extinction – has been spotted recently in a Cheshire garden. 

European Polecat

One of the rarest mammals in Britain, they have for centuries been persecuted by gamekeepers and bred for their fur, but their numbers are now are on the increase after being protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and placed on the list of UK BAP mammals in 2007.

Being mainly nocturnal they probably aren’t the easiest to spot, but if you do happen to be lucky enough to see one make sure it’s not a polecat-ferret, which are very similar but cross-bred as the name suggests.

It would be wise (in any case) to ensure that all outdoor animal and poultry houses are secure, but they seem not to pose much of a threat if these measures are taken.

As seen on The One Show BBC1 Friday 9/3/12
More info to be found at The Mammal Society

Please visit our online pet accessories store Comets Corners for more details on how we – and you – can help! For every sale we make, at least 10% of our proceeds goes to our chosen animal welfare charity or organisation of the month!

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I am the owner of a new online pet accessories shop with a difference... For every sale we make we will donate a minimum of 10% of all our proceeds to our animal welfare 'Charity of the Month'. Our aim is to help raise awareness for animal welfare charities and organisations and to help with fundraising and events. Please check out http://www.cometscorners.co.uk/ today!
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3 Responses to The Polecat is back in Britain!

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Reblogged this on THE CAT'S MEOW and commented:
    A special Saturday post form “cometscorner” … we were enchanged by this tiny creature. We’ve never seen a polecat.
    “Cometscorner,” which is out of the U.K. says, “Our aim is to help raise awareness for animal welfare charities and organisations and to help with fundraising and events.
    Please check out Comets Corners today and help us to make a difference!”
    You can link to the complete original post by clicking on the subject line.
    Happy Saturday!

  2. Wow thank you so much for this!! 🙂

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