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A Wild Weasel and Her Kitten Pay Me a Delightful and Unexpected Visit

Updated on April 2, 2017

The Stories Were True

I have an old house which I inherited from my Mother.

She told me stories about a weasel coming to have a drink from the pet water bowl. I thought perhaps she may have been pulling my leg. Mice yes; weasels no. Weasels are the wild cousins of domestic ferrets. I can understand why people have them as pets.

To me it was just another rural legend in my family. We love stories!

I have to say, I do have weasels in the walls. They are the real thing. I have the pictures to prove it. I must say, I was rather taken by the little critters. Bold as brass and not the least bit afraid of humans...and kinda cute at that. Momentarily, the thought passed through my mind that maybe I could make pets of them.

Common sense prevailed. They are cute, but one cat is enough. I can't say my cat has been a good hunter and kept the mice at bay. I think I have the weasels to thank for that. The cat has been busted as a hunter

So how did I get to hold a weasel? Read on.

Here is the cute little Mommy before her release
Here is the cute little Mommy before her release | Source

What is that Chirping Sound?

I had heard that chirping sound before but when it began in the walls of the living room accompanied with scratching it seemed like maybe something was going on. I had always assumed the chirping sound was mice. Not so.These critters were bigger and in the vicinity of wiring. Not a good scenario.

How to get them out; whatever they were?

It seemed likely there was a baby animal and a larger one involved. Was the baby stuck? After one night thinking what to do I had a plan: create a tube out of leftover screen material, open the electrical outlet and staple the tube to the wall and see what crawls out. A noose was placed at the neck of the tube to cinch it shut and to prevent the critter from popping back into the wall.

Don't laugh.

Sounds crazy, eh?

Hey, it did work!

Out popped a weasel and quick as a wink the critter was contained. Pictures ensued of the little guy. Turns out it was a gal and a Mommy at that.

She looked at us and tried to figure out where she was. Not frightened one bit as she assessed her captors. Not a sound and no struggle. The bottoms of her paws were cute and pink. She was released at the back of the house in the mistaken notion that her Mommy would find her. In less than fifteen minutes she was back in the wall.

Well, she retrieved her baby. So that did work out as planned.

Then later in the day the cat got nosey around the baseboards looking behind furniture like there was something afoot.

There was...

I was rather smitten by this cutie
I was rather smitten by this cutie | Source

Will the Real Baby Pop Its Head Up?

I began to search for what the cat was looking for. A mouse on the loose?

Nope.

Out popped a little head that was the miniature of the weasel we had just released. This was the real baby.

He was avoiding the cat and trying to get away. The cat relaxed and lay down to watch this "cute new toy." He is, after all, a city cat raised on stuffed toys. How would he know this was supposed prey? That is when I realized he would never harm a mouse. My cat is no killer. The baby weasel came out and took a good look at the cat. Came within six inches of his face. My cat just appreciated his cuteness.

Which was just as well. I did not want him to harm the potential "mouser" in training. Turns out the little guy was heading for the door anyway. It wasn't so difficult to get him out...just open the door and the little guy stood at the doorway and jumped out.


All is Well

The walls are quiet. Mom and baby have moved somewhere else but I have no doubt they are somewhere close by.

My home is an old log home that harbors wildlife easily. Mice are a constant problem and believe it, there are also snakes in the logs as well,(I do believe I have a Hub on them too) Fortunately those snakes are all harmless. The weasels are needed as a natural predator.

What was unexpected and delightful was how exciting it was to see this animal up close and personal. What I learned later was they could release an unpleasant odor. Fortunately, this one was friendly enough. Perhaps she is related to the weasels my Mother saw years ago. Maybe they have their own legend about the people that live here. Maybe we are all family.

I know I feel a special kinship to them, now that I have seen them. I won't feel so panicked when I hear them chirping knowing they are ferreting out the mice.

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    Sheila Brown 

    2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I love this hub! I have heard mice in our walls before and I know how much noise they can make, I can't imagine the sounds from the weasels. I'm afraid I would want to make pets out of them too! I really enjoyed your hub! :)

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    Scribenet 

    2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you pstraubie48.... Possums sound interesting as well. I certainly appreciated seeing the weasel in such close proximity and certainly felt privileged by such a positive experience.

    Thank you for the angels....I love them... I will send a few forward to heal the earth and all mankind.

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    Patricia Scott 

    2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Such a lovely story about loving all things nature gives us....a precious weasel and baby duo...how cute and how blessed you are to have been so close to view them as you did.

    Possums are another critter that others often shun...but my daughter and I had lovely experiences with them.

    Hoping you have a lovely day. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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    Scribenet 

    2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Dirt Farmer, Yes that was a memorable experience. The weasel was so calm, like she knew we meant no harm. We just observed each other with interest. She was sooo cute!

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    Jill Spencer 

    2 years ago from United States

    What a wild experience-- and so charmingly told.

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    Scribenet 

    3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi @ b. Malin ! Congratulations on getting a book written! Editing is the laborious part so good luck with that. I will keep posted for news you have published... I am thrilled for you! :)

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    b. Malin 

    3 years ago

    Hi Scribenet, I just had to stop by and wound up reading your cute story. What a Fun and Educational read. I do miss these days...But I'm editing my book and determined to get it done...So for now, Hub Stories will have to wait and just dance around in my head. Stay well dear friend.

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    Scribenet 

    3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thanks @aviannovice! It has been awhile...just a hiatus to do other things. Don't know how prolific I will be, I love writing and some things are worth sharing especially nature! :) Hubpages is a great platform for these stories!

    I do love the idea the mother was born in the walls...so we share a house together! I sort of had the feeling she was familiar with me...or at least my voice... as you can see from the photo..she is looking right at me..not at all scared.

    Thanks for visiting! :)

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    Deb Hirt 

    3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    The mother was likely born in your walls, which is why she was raising her young ones there. A great story, and it is nice to see you again.

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    Scribenet 

    3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thanks @AliciaC It was quite the experience. I have a feeling I will be seeing her again one day. She definitely was engaging; I expected whatever I caught to be frightened and gnashing its teeth; instead I had this critter curious and calm. However I hasten to add I would never attempt to handle her without gloves or protection since she is wild and besides being likely to bite, probably has fleas to boot!

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    Linda Crampton 

    3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is interesting and amusing as well! I'm glad the weasels got out unharmed.

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    Scribenet 

    3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    @DrMark1961 I am sure there was quite the chatter about the big giants in their house and the strange trip in a see-through bag that Mommy did that day. :) Thanks for your comments!

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    Dr Mark 

    3 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

    Really interesting! They will probably have an interesting story to tell their grandchildren, too (grandweasels?).

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