Tuesday, 28 May 2013
We have polecat babies!
Once again, "Velvet" our main polecat jill has given birth to a litter of kits sired by "Storm". You may remember that last year they had 7 youngsters, all female, 6 of which ended up being released back in to the wild. Well this year she is a proud mum once again.
It is very early days, and I believe them to only be a week and a half old, so we don't know how many she has had and are leaving her to it and not getting involved in any way. But she seems to be quite happy and has been seen moving them from one nest to another as they often do.
Once they are about 6 weeks old they will start to venture out themselves for the first time, not straying too far from the nest, and constantly being dragged back by mum.
I will of course keep you updated as they progress and mature, and if you want to come and see the for yourselves... remember that they probably won't start to leave the nest for another 5 or 6 weeks.