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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

12. The Polecat
(Putorius putorius)

12. The Polecat

Here we have a picture of a Welsh polecat, an animal that closely resembles a big, dark ferret; indeed some people think that the ferret, whether dark or white, is a domestic form of the polecat. Polecats used to be common throughout Great Britain, living on rabbits, frogs, field voles and maybe a hen or two, but persecution reduced them until today we must go to the valleys and bogs of central Wales, before we can have much hope of meeting with this handsome outlaw. Usually it is dark brown-black in colour, but occasionally a sandy-red variety occurs.