I really struggle to get my head round weasels

(286 Posts)
HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 18:46:52

I've seen them. I know what they look like, and often catch them whizzing across the road at weasel warp speed.

But their size always surprises me. Every time. I know they are small. But when you look at a picture of a weasel or think weasel, you think bigger. You don't think "oh, a weasel. That's a little bigger than a hamster that is". Or I don't. I go, ooooh a weasel. Wow, it's tiny, every time, the surprise never abates.

I struggle with weasel physics. That the actual weasel is not the size of the concept of weasel in my head.

I'm not sure how to fix it. confused

Trinpy Sun 09-Jun-13 17:57:55

Ferrets are evil. I have a scar across my nose from where a ferret attached itself to my face by its teeth at a friend's wake a few years ago <outs self>. I had to prise its jaws apart with my thumbs just to get it off. Evil bastard.

I am learning a lot about woodland animals from this thread.

mignonette Sun 09-Jun-13 19:38:51

Why was the ferret at the wake?????? smile

I am conjuring up a mental image of a 'Wind In The Willlows' style event with ferrets dressed up as Mafia type undertakers.....

FringeEvent Sun 09-Jun-13 19:42:54

I mentioned this thread to DH earlier, and then showed him a weasel video on youtube (this one) - totally blew his mind.

He's just returned the favour by asking me how big I imagine a kiwi (the bird) to be.

"Well", I said, "I've always assumed they're about the same size as a kiwi fruit."

Nope. This is how big a kiwi is.

orangeandemons Sun 09-Jun-13 20:02:36

Are weasels the ones that people put down their trousers? Or is that ferrets? Or even trouser snakes.....?

HoneyDragon Sun 09-Jun-13 20:32:44

Ferrets go down trousers.

Something to do with sailors.

HoneyDragon Sun 09-Jun-13 20:34:04

Trouser snakes tend to be indigenous to trousers rather than go up and own them.

<<consults big book of phallic wildlife>>

Hassled Sun 09-Jun-13 20:56:08

I have returned with the INSANE NEWS that Foosa are real things.

I'm watching Madagascar and as I'm now starting to doubt the wisdom of basing my entire knowledge of the animal kingdom on books and cartoons (thanks only to this thread}, I thought I'd turn to Google to check for accuracy.

And here they are. Actually Fossa but I prefer Foosa.

SoupDragon Sun 09-Jun-13 21:00:13

Wasn't there a MNer who thought Pine Martens went Marty Marty Marty?

CalamityKate Sun 09-Jun-13 21:34:56

Oh whoops wrong thread!

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Tue 11-Jun-13 15:39:58

I have been in the presence of weasels.
It was in the car par at the western end of Froggatt Edge, and I heard the unmistakable sound of aggressive mustelids. Three of them, chittering with rage and sinuously leaping about.
I was extremely conscious of my exposed toes peeping from my Tevas; their teeth were much in evidence. As the OP says, the size is all wrong.

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 11-Jun-13 16:45:40

I want to be in the presence of weasels! if we believe in them, then they will come <mystic>

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