Presenting the wintery white Ermines of Yellowstone. The stoat is a short-tailed weasel that prefers the colder temperatures of the Northern hemisphere. This little one stands upright, watching the terrain ahead.
The males can grow as large as 12 inches in length and weigh less than one pound.
Preferring to dine on rodents, these stoats are not burrowers. Instead, they reside in the burrows and nests of their rodent meals. No mistaking it though, these adorable weasels are fierce. They have been known to take down prey larger than themselves. Wildlife image from Yellowstone National Park.
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