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    Can anyone ID this baby animal?

    Found this little fella in the garden - he's about 6 inches long and his eyes are still closed. He makes a noise a bit like a kitten, but we think he looks more like a ferret or maybe a polecat??

    Can anyone shed any light?

    Pics in next post

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    Original Poster

    http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j475/bodemrys/catorrat-1.jpg

    http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j475/bodemrys/catorrat1-1.jpg

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    defo a slug

    ferret?
    ferretchick.com/200…by/

    Ps i want it lol
    Edited by: "StevenBrown" 19th Jun 2011

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    aww bless, ring the rspca

    looks much too young to be away from his mum.

    Looks like a ferret to me. So cute!!! Get to your nearest 24 hour vets

    Mole?

    It`s a weasel

    EDIT - or a ferret

    or a monkey....

    Edited by: "Crowman" 19th Jun 2011

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    wishihadadonkey

    aww bless, ring the rspca



    Don't think they'll be interested if it's a wild animal

    It's a ferret.

    badger

    put it back where you found it its parents will hear its crying

    Crowman

    It`s a weasel



    Quite correct....

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    WoolyM

    looks much too young to be away from his mum.



    Yup, we are trying to feed it soya milk (on the advise of a vet that we know) - sent him pics too, but he still wasn't sure what it was.

    Looks like a polecat

    google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.firstnews.co.uk/site_data/images/www_secretworld_4c652b9da2921.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://www.firstnews.co.uk/news-in-pictures/cute-news-picture-of-the-day-i148/tiny-baby-rescued-p1870&usg=__WYg7xXmnlkK6qilIV-7xmgAT_Ss=&h=244&w=300&sz=17&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=qyJ0Ro42NyNncM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=150&ei=OUr-TYf3AYP2sgaKvJzwCg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbaby%2Bpolecat%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26channel%3Ds%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D576%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=473&vpy=274&dur=414&hovh=195&hovw=240&tx=154&ty=223&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:16,s:0&biw=1366&bih=576

    Banned

    Baby goat.

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    jamstaruk1972

    put it back where you found it its parents will hear its crying


    It's been crying for days, but we've only just found it - don't think the mother's coming back

    jamstaruk1972

    put it back where you found it its parents will hear its crying



    The parents will probably reject it now as its been handled. Take it to a vets you may have to hand rear it and that is very hard work.

    Shellywelly

    The parents will probably reject it now as its been handled. Take it to a … The parents will probably reject it now as its been handled. Take it to a vets you may have to hand rear it and that is very hard work.



    especially if it lives to the stage where it has teeth

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    Shellywelly

    The parents will probably reject it now as its been handled. Take it to … The parents will probably reject it now as its been handled. Take it to a vets you may have to hand rear it and that is very hard work.



    Haven't handled it with bare hands yet - don't know if that makes a difference?

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    Toasthduk

    Looks like a … Looks like a polecathttp://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.firstnews.co.uk/site_data/images/www_secretworld_4c652b9da2921.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://www.firstnews.co.uk/news-in-pictures/cute-news-picture-of-the-day-i148/tiny-baby-rescued-p1870&usg=__WYg7xXmnlkK6qilIV-7xmgAT_Ss=&h=244&w=300&sz=17&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=qyJ0Ro42NyNncM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=150&ei=OUr-TYf3AYP2sgaKvJzwCg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbaby%2Bpolecat%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26channel%3Ds%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D576%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=473&vpy=274&dur=414&hovh=195&hovw=240&tx=154&ty=223&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:16,s:0&biw=1366&bih=576



    Does look pretty similar doesn't it.

    just in case you missed it........... it's a weasel.

    Original Poster

    I think that all we can do is take it to the vets in the morning (if it makes it through the night) - don't think that the vets emergency service would be too interested as it's a wild animal.

    Will update this thread if there's any developments.

    Thanks all

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    scoff

    just in case you missed it........... it's a weasel.



    Are you pretty sure of that?

    10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000%

    bod emrys

    Haven't handled it with bare hands yet - don't know if that makes a … Haven't handled it with bare hands yet - don't know if that makes a difference?




    makes a big difference,animals recognise through scent and would normally reject an animal handled by a human, but as you say its being crying for days does sound abandond,it looks very healthy in saying that you sure its just not crying at times when perhaps the mum was away looking for food

    Banned

    Its a polecat, my polecat had loads of them

    Original Poster

    scoff

    10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000%



    Nice one, thanks a lot!

    Looks like the mystery is solved

    Just googled some baby weasel pics and it certainly looks similar.
    I didn't know that there were any weasels around here - don't think I've ever seen one before.

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    whatsThePoint

    Its a polecat, my polecat had loads of them



    Damn it, well it looks like its a polecat or a weasel, they both look very similar on the pics that I've found.

    Banned

    http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/cute-baby-goat.jpg

    Defo a goat.

    bod emrys

    Haven't handled it with bare hands yet - don't know if that makes a … Haven't handled it with bare hands yet - don't know if that makes a difference?


    It doesn`t make any difference at all to the animals. The old advice that animal parents abandon their young if they smell `human` is a myth.

    I`d still wear gloves when handling them, though. It won`t have teeth yet (as it only looks a few weeks old), but you don`t know where the little beggar has been.

    I don't think it is a weasel. I googled some images and the nose doesn't match. The nose of a polecat does though

    http://www.ferretcaresecrets.com/images/televen_full.jpg

    Duckbilledplatypussy

    http://robrimes.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/pig_may-2009-thumb-350x332.jpg

    Think it's a mole. A cat at work killed one once & it looked just like that (_;)

    Sooooo god damn cute! Hows the little fella doing?

    Aww bless, looks like a ferret to me, hope he is reunited with his parents soon!
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