Stoats are great at catching rats
Irish Stoat ( Éasóg ) --: The stoat is the smallest of our flesh eating mammals
and is wrongly called a weasel. There are no weasels in Ireland. It was not until the eighteenth century that it was discovered that what was thought to be a weasel was really a stoat, but most Irish people still call our stoat a weasel. Unlike stoats from colder areas the
Irish stoat rarely changes to a white winter coat. In colder
countries the stoat will change to a complete white (except for the tip of
its tail) so he will not be seen easily in the snow. The winter white coat
is known as ermine and is expensive, as it is used to make fur coats for
some women.It is also used to put around kings capes.
Stoats produce one litter per year.The young are born in
March or April. They do not build nests but use any old burrow, or tree
hollow.They take great care looking after their young. When the young are
a few weks old their parents show the young them, how to hunt and feed
themselves.The young stay with the parents much longer then most mammals.