Monday, 12 April 2010
Cuddly furry critter or one of the most vicious predators in Tameside?
Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been away and very busy over the last the month or so. I arrived back yesterday and found a raft of Conservative leaflets in the mail, but none from any other political party, however I did spot who I believe to be ’K Y Marland’ on the campaign trail on Stocks Lane in Stalybridge South this afternoon; or if it wasn’t Mr Marland it was certainly a look-alike resplendent with a Labour rosette.
So, what’s new? I know Rob Adlard has a real fight on his hands now that Labour have chosen Cllr Reynolds as their PPC for Stalybridge & Hyde. I was really hoping Labour would have chosen a different candidate because I think Rob Adlard would have made a first class MP. UKIP and the BNP are fielding more candidates than in previous elections and we have the curious Shorrock v Shorrock contest in the Duki/Staly ward. Interesting times! If anyone has any election leaflets they want posting for discussion please send them to me via email.
Anyway, furry critter or vicious predator? I took these photos today. The creature in question is a stoat, or is that a weasel? I always get the two confused! Whichever of the two it is; it certainly is one of the most fearsome predators in the wild. These small furry killing machines make most other forms of native wildlife appear relatively tame. Looking at the photos (click to enlarge) you could be forgiven for thinking they are quite large, but in reality they are very small, but that does not stop them killing prey such as rabbits which are three or four times their size. They are also very curious, I was lucky enough to have the camera at hand when this fine specimen come bounding towards me. It didn’t stop until it was ten feet away, then it proceeded to have staring contest with me. Next time you are out in places where rabbits roam wild, keep your eyes open for these creatures stalking them for their next meal.