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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!!!"

Ari_tev

ENHANCE!

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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.

carolina
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:33 PM

WANT!

Snarla
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:33 PM

A stoat! Whats do I has to vote for?

Theresa
 |  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!!!!

lojolo
 |  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.

Theresa
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:36 PM

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

lojolo
 |  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!

lojolo
 |  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 ;)

Hannah
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:45 PM

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

lola
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 05:48 PM

Toast is mine, all mine, mine. No sharinks

Aunty-G
 |  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!

leannrose
 |  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!

Muahaha
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:06 PM

stoatalicious

stoast
 |  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?

Golden
 |  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*

pookiepuff
 |  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!

Mitsu
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:30 PM

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

pookiepuff
 |  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.

Golden
 |  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...

Mitsu
 |  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

Annie
 |  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.

Theresa
 |  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.

Nana
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:51 PM

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

Maggie
 |  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.

Laurel
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 06:57 PM

Wait, Hagrid eats sandwiches made out of those?!

fansmom
 |  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?

Jacki14
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 07:32 PM

Stoating, voting, toasting.

Do we get toast next time we vote?

Overly triangular too.

lurkertype
 |  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!

Merri
 |  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...

berthaslave
 |  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...

acelightning
 |  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...

SoCalSis
 |  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:

http://www.corsetsandcrinolines.com/timelineitem.php?index=186022

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!

PattyP
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:48 PM

SoCalSis,

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

PattyP
 |  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:
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/L/leonardo/ermine.jpg.html

Theresa
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 08:59 PM

OMG!!!!!!11!!!!!!!1

Ponygirl
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 09:11 PM

CUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWTTTTEEEE!!!!!

Arcene
 |  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?

Lizzy
 |  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 :).

Maggie
 |  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!)

raemie
 |  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.

Caitlin
 |  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.

Christina
 |  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

hideko
 |  Oct 27, 2007 at 11:31 PM

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