Thursday, 29 September 2016

Polecat Update


Do you remember these?.. Lots of polecat babies bred by Cassie and Billy. I haven't got any recent photos, as they are now preparing for collection by the breeding group, but along with Whitstable and Oriel's youngsters we have 12 kits ready to move on to pastures new.



All our kits are now off-display, so you can no longer see them if you visit the Centre. But you can still see our adult polecats.

Oriel, above, is very much enjoying her life now with out the kitts around. She if  make the keepers lives easier too, with no babies to protect she is a lot less bitey!



Whitstable is as laid back as ever, but it won't be long now until we introduce him back in to our main enclosure with Oriel. They can the settle over the winter, before hopefully having more kitts next season.

Billy and Cassie, well... Just Cassie really... is a bit more temperamental. We will have to introduce them together a little bit slower, but they should both be on display by October half term.

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  1. Hello! I love your blog and especially any posts about the polecats! I was wondering if you could do a post about their diet? In as much detail as possible, any supplements and if you do anything extra for the pregnant jills and babies. I would find that very interesting and useful as I keep ferrets myself. Also, what lifespans do you see with your polecats? I realize they are probably retired from the centre after their breeding years (?) but maybe you keep track of them in their new homes?

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    1. Hello, thank you for your comment. I don't think there would be much call for a post on the diet of polecats :-) But we tend to keep ours as natural as possible, so rats, mice, rabbit, chicken, game etc.

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