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polecat

Putorius putorius (syn. Mustela putorius putorius), a member of the Mustelidae family of Carnivora. It has a long body, short legs, short furry tail and beady eyes and is about 2 ft long. Brown in color but some varieties, e.g. the ferret, have their own distinctive color. Can eject a foul smelling material from its anal glands when attacked. Its pelt is called fitch.
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Richard Bowler's contestwinning picture of a polecat
Ellie West cared for the polecat by feeding him with a syringe before taking him to Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre.
Research indicates polecats have spread throughout the Midlands and central southern England (there is a north-western population, but this is thought to have developed from deliberate introductions).
Every creature, from humans to polecats is struggling to survive in their own way and the programme captures that.
Boyden's dashing good looks recently won him first prize in the polecat class of the Mercia Ferret Welfare Show.
All were trapped in a sack of mutual dependence, and like polecats they have writhed around in it ever since.
Johnny Birks, chairman of the Mammal Society and an expert on polecats, said the survival was a "great Welsh success story".
The purest populations were found in Wales and the Marches - consistent with an increasing tendency for polecats to mate with feral ferrets as they spread beyond their western stronghold.
PoleCats is purring after being awarded accreditation for their teacher training courses by the Register of Exercise Professionals.
The pair, whose Coventry-based business Polecats takes pole-dancing lessons and fine food into people's homes, applied to appear on the show - a kind of "Pop Idol" for small businesses - earlier this year.
They were among 900 pesky polecats killed in a bounty hunt in the Shetlands.