I think I saw a mink yesterday
I was on a walk down the Macclesfield Canal near Gurnett with the family and some friends yesterday. We saw a black ferret like animal doggy paddling down the side of the canal. It ran along the side of the canal for a bit too. It was very dark/black with very few markings/colourings and according to Wikipedia was about the right size/colour for a North American Mink. Combined with the steam engine we saw it was a pretty exciting little stroll 🙂
I’ll add piccies when my mate forwards them. Maybe we can have an “animals you were surprised to see” thread.Posted 5 years agowinston_dogMember
I used to do some work at a place on the banks of Loch Goil.
There was a whole family of them there. Not that shy, would often be seen on the rocks by the water.
Apparently they came from escapees from a local mink farm. Cause a few problems with the local wildlife I believe.Posted 5 years agorocketmanMember
A random grey furball fell off a tree right in front of my face one night last week.
I was just riding along 🙂 when it came down fast enough to beat my blink reflex and gave a little whimper as it bounced off the top tube and brushed against my leg on its way to the ground.
Put your hand in front of your face that’s how close it wasPosted 5 years agostavromullerSubscriber
I worked on a mink farm when I was a kid. They are the most vicious, antisocial, nutjob animals on the planet but it’s no good killing a wild one as another mink will just move into the vacated territory. The mink in residence will keep other minks away. BTW don’t get too close as they are related to the skunk family and fire a yellow pellet from their rear end (with suprising accuracy)and besides the horrendous stench, it bloody hurts.Posted 5 years ago
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