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Weasels, especially the members of the Mustela genus, kill small prey by wrapping themselves around their prey while holding on tightly with all four paws. Mustelid paws are, even those of weasels, broad and the digits are finger-like- the perfect tool for gripping.

Stoat/ermine/short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) in the process of killing a mouse.
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wanderingeccentric Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Oh my, well have to saw, that seems rather an adorable and relaxing thing to be held like that riiight up to the neck munch o3o;
Darn weasels being sneaky to lill critters! XD
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
This reminds me of a tiny weasel killing a huge hare, it ran it down, they just ran through the warren of hares and then it did this. It's amazing how flexible musties are, but they're also determined and have good stamina
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seadog-driftwood Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Weasels (and stoats): lithe bouncing lightning-bolts
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
It's sad that comparing someone to a weasel is a bad thing. They're very interesting creatures! They're practically fearless.
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Agree.
I find it fun that if you turn all the bad rap about certain animals such as mustelids and hyenas into the opposite, you get the truth.

Like, ''slobbery, mangery, stupid vulchers'' should be ''clean, smart hunters''. <----insert better wordplay here.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Exactly.
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weaselbeast Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Our ferret is very pawsy- she grabs things with her paws and uses her paws to manipulate things, more so than our previous ferrets.
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's always interesting to learn about pets and compare them to their wild relatives. Thank you for the information (and for commenting)!
Maybe it's some wild instinct or something that is present in some individuals, like how some cats drop their toys into their food bowl and other's don't. I don't know.
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cute, in a way... Even though he's busy killing something.
And it's interesting to learn more about mustelids. :)
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Musties tend to give a cute impression no matter how they look or act. I personally think weasels are more strict than cute in terms of appearance, but their exaggerated movements are hard to take seriously at times- which makes them excellent cartoon characters.

Glad you find it as interesting as I do. :)
Rare animal facts like this has always been a huge key inspiration, and it drives me to create characters and stories.

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Thank you for commenting and for all the favourites! I'm looking through your posts (art and journals), hoping to gather my thoughts into a coherent reply or two. Because I want to, and I always give your posts a look.
Your tale about Puck is one of the most creative and witty stories I've come across on this site, and a comic I'd love to have in my collection.
Not only that, but you keep updating frequently, which I find very admirable.
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's always interesting to learn more about animals. :)


Thank you. :aww:
I have to admit that I'm just making some parts of the story up as I go along. But so far that works.
Because I left college I have a lot of time on my hands. That why I can update the comic more often than before. I'm trying to get it done before the summer vacation, because after that I'll probably have to go to a college again.
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kargaroc586 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Very interesting!
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Glad you think so, too!
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kargaroc586 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I'm glad that you're so appreciative C:
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kantayeni Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Poor rattie, but the weasel has to eat too.

Interesting fact. :3
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
True. ; )
Now I want to do a ''payback'' idea in which the mouse strikes back. If only I could think of something that works....hmm.

Whatever happens, I'd love to do more rats. My favourite children's book features a rat couple portrayed in a realistic, positive light, and it has always been a dream of mine to illustrate scenes from it. Sadly, it's Norwegian, and not even known in its own homecountry. It would have made a fantastic film, and it has captivated lots of kindergarten kids.

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About the fact- I want to say the same about your portrayals. ; ) Stuff like this provides wonderful inspiration.
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