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Oct 27, 2007

Stoat teefs!

Will you please check out this stoat teef action. He's got his muzzlepowshe wrapped around this toast, and is all: "ADIOS!!!"




heee hee hee, Sender-Inner-Teef-Spotter Sunshine B. ;)
More at the DailyMail Photo Contest, photo by Ari Tervo.

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I've never seen such perfectly triangular eyes before.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:33 PM


 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:33 PM

A stoat! Whats do I has to vote for?

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:35 PM

omg, i luff the triangular eyes!!! if he was orange he would look like a jack-o-lantern!!!! How halloweenish!!!!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:35 PM

PS that is a truly beautiful little animal, and those triangle eyes give it a Halloween-y look.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:36 PM

ok, i forgot to mention the vampire teef. he's a abominable, vampire jack-o-lantern!!!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:38 PM

we need to decide wich is more triangular, his little eyes, or those awsome, cute little ears. I can't possibly decide!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:41 PM

Yes, those little triangular eyes look just like two tiny semi-sweet chocolate morsels! I wonder if they taste like that, too ;)

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:45 PM

hims got little hershey kiss eyes. (the dark, dark chocolate kind).

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:48 PM

Toast is mine, all mine, mine. No sharinks

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:50 PM

WANT! To wear him as a wristband! He can nibble my fingers during breaks from typing.

Space Cowgirl
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:52 PM

I love the fluffy tail with the black tip. So cute!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:05 PM

AWWWWWWWW! He's cute, but it's that EVILE type of cute. He's all: "RAWR, MY SANDWESCHE!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:06 PM


 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:07 PM

My favourite thing about this is that Toast is an anagram of Stoat.

poor violet
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:15 PM

teef-hance made me lol, no lie.

fawn lust
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:18 PM

Ok.. am I dumb, that's a stuffed stoat, right? Stuffed or no, very cute.. but stuffed nonetheless, right?

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:26 PM

He's all "This toast is mine and you can't have it or I'll bite you with my ferocious teefs!" *Strugges to run off due to overwhelming size ratio of toast to stoat*

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:29 PM

Wow, that is absolutely great! This is my new favorite Mustelidae picture ever! I love his nasty little teeth so much I can hardly stand it!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:30 PM

Me too, poor violet! I love that TOAST is STOAT with the letters in a different order!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:30 PM

HEE! I'm glad I'm not the only one who got all anagrammy! I just love the teefers closeup, I checked out the rest of the pictures on the link; they were great!

sockmonster sarai
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:32 PM

And by stuffed, I didn't mean like by a taxidermist, but like as in a stuffed animal. But now that I look up Stoats.. I see that they really do look like this! The triangle eyeballs threw me.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:34 PM

I'm glad you clarified that, Golden, I really did think you meant taxidermy stuffed, and I was kind of like, Ummm...I think little stoaty there is quite alive...

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:38 PM

He looks ferocious.

like he is saying get any closer and the toast gets it.

HEhe I too love the anagram

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:40 PM

If you look at the Daily Mail page, you can get a humongous enlargement of Stoaty-Pants. It is now my desktop wall-papier.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:50 PM

Tail up, legs braced, teef pierced.... toast is MINE!! GRRRR!!!!

Fierce critter, ain't he? Looking at that snow, I don't blame him. Winter is hard times for stoats. Never know where your next piece of toast is coming from.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:51 PM

Don't be fooled by the cuteness. Stoats are some bad-ass little critters!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:51 PM

But it could be a weasel.
Do you know the difference between a stoat and a weasel?
You can tell a weasel weasily...
but a stoat is stoatally different.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:57 PM

Wait, Hagrid eats sandwiches made out of those?!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 07:10 PM

"No! MINE!"

Rich Fader
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 07:12 PM

Isn't he an ermine? And whose natural habitat is rumpled white fake-fur?

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 07:32 PM

Stoating, voting, toasting.

Do we get toast next time we vote?

Overly triangular too.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 07:38 PM

I think it's an Ermine !!! It is !!! I looked it up ....

Barbara Letsom
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 07:48 PM

Cool eyes and tail!! I wonder if he would get along with my three cats...hmm....Love the stoat!! Love him!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:16 PM

can we name it Ermione?

According to Wikipedia a stoat and an emine are the same thing. You can click my name if you want to look at the article.

ka9q's wife
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:18 PM

Mummy...the evil weasel is taking me crumpet...

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:20 PM

That's not rumpled fake-fur, that's very freshly fallen (perhaps still falling) snow, in extreme close-up. And the coloration - white except for the dark tail-tip - means it's definitely an ermine, 'Erman...

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:34 PM

I have a vague remnant of a memory from college Mammalogy that ermines are the winter version of stoats? I think it's only ermine in its white winter phase (thus, 'ermine stole' etc) and a stoat the rest of the year. Of course that was just before I switched majors to Lit... so I'm not vouching for the veracity of this memory...

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:45 PM

That's the first time I've seen a "live" ermine tail. Cool!

In depictions of royalty in the past, sometimes capes would have shawl-type collars with some little black things spaced ever so often around it. It was many years before I realized those were ermine tails. You can see them in old movies of the 40's and 50's in period pieces.

Here's a link to an example from the Civil War era:


I thought it had (thankfully) gone out of fashion. Unfortunately, one of the pics I found online was from 2003, of a woman at a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit opening in an ermine cape she'd designed for herself. I was aghast when I saw it was trimmed in an estimated 60 - 80 ermine tails or so. I have never been particulary anti-fur, but the sight of that made me queasy.

Oh, and stoat = weasel = ermine.
They are brown in summer and white with a black tipped tail in winter. They are extremely fast and viscious. No way is anyone getting that toast back! Good for you, toofy little creature!

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:48 PM


I believe you are correct, "stoat" or "weasel" when brown, and the white fur only is called "ermine".

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:51 PM

A lovely ermine is the star of Friends of Animals' anti fur trim campaign.

Another ermine is the co-star of this famous painting:

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:59 PM


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 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 09:16 PM

I've never seen one before this very minute. It's like Cute-O-Ween!

renee in texas
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 09:17 PM

Yknow what makes it extra funny? If you rearrange the letters in the word stoat, you get TOAST! Ahahahaha!! Hahahah! hehe!

*blink* What?

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 09:23 PM

According to the article, the photo was taken in Finland (it was an int'l wildlife photography competition). That would account for the mounds of snow.

Also, I learned today that stoats only gain their white ermine coat if they live in a place that has 40+ days of snow--again, Finland :).

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 09:48 PM

Creamy snow sundae with fluffy stoat and toast topping. Yum! Or, perhaps I'll just scoop up the stoat and snow with two slices of gingerbread for a de-lischey ice cream stoat sandwische. The stoat will get to keep his own slice of toast, of course--as long as he keeps his pointy teefs to his toast. Or else, I shall EAT his slice of toast! And in that case, I won't even share the ice cream and gingerbread with him. (What? Did you think I was going to eat the stoat? :P) (oh, and, Hello!)

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 10:30 PM

Yeppers, he's an ermine. Sadly, that was actually my first thought on seeing this picture... "That's not a stoat!!!" Semantics actually overrode cute for once. :/ (Although this in no way diminishes the awesome truthiness of the stoat/toast anagram. :))

Ermines and stoats are both weasels, but one is the winter coloring and one is the summer coloring. The black at the tip of the tail is to distract predators.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 10:49 PM

I just came in here to comment that this is an ermine, but I see it's been covered.

Such a cutie though. In that evil mischievous way they have.

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 10:58 PM

..... zomg. That's, like... Oh god. That's way too cute to exist. Like. Wow. *really should not be up late looking at cute fluffies, for her brain will short-circuit like this* That needs to be my new background....... o_o

 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 11:31 PM

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