Ever wondered what a stoat looks like close up?

Well Paul Littlewood shared this wonderful video on Dewsbury Pictures Old and New showing one of the curious creatures coming to have a close look at him while he was fishing.

But are they as cute and cuddly as they look?

According to The Wildlife Trusts: “The stoat is a small predator. Their long, low-slung body makes them particularly well adapted for hunting rats and rabbits. They easily kill adult rabbits that are much larger than them with a bite to the base of the skull.

“Stoats are active by day and at night and are easiest to spot in open habitats, such as sand dunes, grassland and heathland. Stoats mate in summer but delay implantation of the fertilised egg until the spring of the following year. They have one litter of six to twelve kits a year.”

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And Daniel Richardson, who posted a comment after seeing Paul’s video, backed this up.

He said: “Me and some colleagues once rescued a rabbit from the jaws of one of them. It was like a scene from a cartoon.

“Rabbit runs across lawn with stoat in pursuit into a bush, then back the other way into opposite bush, repeating the same action another three times till we could see the rabbit was tiring. Next minute an almighty squeal!

“We ran into the bush and the little stoat had the bigger rabbit by the scruff of the neck and wouldn’t let go until we got close. It didn’t seem too impressed and scurried off. Rabbit was injured so we took it home to mend. She became used to humans and lived with us for two years. Died of natural causes, poor Thumperlina!”