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JOTTINGS FROM NA TURE.

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JOTTINGS FROM NA TURE. DECEMBER 5TH. That blood-thirsty little quadruped, the stoat, occurs more frequently on the Great Orme than is generally admitted indeed, though in most country districts it is as a rule outnumbered by the weasel, on the headland the stoat apparently is the com- moner of the two. On Saturday last a friend of mine trapped one in a hencote on the western sdde of the Head, making the fourth culprit he has secured this year. Ho has had genuine cause to grieve over the depre- dations of the individuals that have found their way into his fowl-house, and he tells me, with apparent consolation, that five stoats were caught napping there in 1909, but he has seen no weasel near his run neither this nor last year. He affirms that whilst the weasel only sucks the iblood of its victims, the stoat will not only absorb its attention to draining the vital fluid but that it will ofter make a meal of portions of the flesh of its quarry, for the bodies of some of the chickens and domesticated pigeons which he has found have been unmistake. ably eaten into. It is strange, I think, that stoats manage to subsist at all on the head- land there is comparatively little cover there, and those who keep poultry are ever on the alert for vermin.

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