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Identify this animal
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:42:11 pm »
Sorry, no pics. Yesterday out on Exmoor we chased a couple of small animals. Perhaps slightly larger than rat-sized, reddish in colour, with bushy tails. We thought red squirrel but the tails were possibly too short, and it appears red squirrels are no longer on Exmoor.
Any ideas?

Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 06:47:24 pm »
Stoat ?
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 06:50:36 pm »
i've seen exactly the same animal as you describe (for the first time) on aaanfractuous, would be interested to know what it was as well. squirrels run in a jumpy sort of way, this one moved in linear motion

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 06:59:13 pm »
Stoat ?

I've seen stoats and weasels and definitely not either. The bushy tail is the oddity.

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2013, 07:07:57 pm »


this ons got a bushy tail. :)

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2013, 07:23:50 pm »
Stoat is a longer, leaner animal than these. I've been googling for small pets, but nothing matches.

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2013, 08:31:32 pm »
I would think ferret is the likeliest?  I saw a particularly ghostly pale one on an overnighter once.

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2013, 09:20:24 pm »
I would think ferret is the likeliest?  I saw a particularly ghostly pale one on an overnighter once.

The tail's all wrong. It was bushy, almost fanned. There were, I think, two of them.

I'm beginning to doubt my memory.


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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 09:41:33 pm »
Juvenile foxes?

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 09:54:53 pm »

Pine martens are allegedly spreading in England?

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2013, 10:18:06 pm »
Juvenile foxes?

Definitely not foxes.


Pine martens are allegedly spreading in England?

That's closer. It doesn't exactly with what I remember, but you know what memory's like, especially when you're concentrating on other matters.

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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2013, 10:18:53 pm »
Disguised badgers?

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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2013, 11:58:18 pm »
how did it move?
a stoat, marten or squirrel would have a bounding motion, but a fox cub would run.

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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2013, 01:38:34 am »
Feral kittens?

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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2013, 07:09:21 am »
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2013, 09:29:26 am »
how did it move?
a stoat, marten or squirrel would have a bounding motion, but a fox cub would run.

I'm familiar with stoats, squirrels and foxes, and quite certain it wasn't any of those. If martens only bound then it wasn't that either (though I've seen stoats running on smooth ground).

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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2013, 09:59:36 am »
The fleeting glimpse of a pine marten that my family enjoyed near Sligo a few years ago indicated that they are quite happy trotting.
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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2013, 11:12:30 am »
Stoat, weasel, mink?
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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2013, 01:33:37 pm »
Are there  any polecats on Exmoor?

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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2013, 02:03:40 pm »
There were two of them and we didn't exactly chase them, they ran across the road in front of us. They were too dark for grey squirrels and the movement wasn't quite right. Memory is a bit fickle but I've seen various long animals while on rides and these didn't ping off any recognition signals.  ???

My money is on escapees from Mirkwood.  ;D
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Re: Identify this animal
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2013, 02:43:51 pm »
On Exmoor?  It can only be baby Beasts!  They'll grow up to be humungous sheep-tearing monsters.  You were lucky you saw them when they were only tiny...
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