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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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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.
Like a territorial polecat, it emphasised the role of local authorities in the same breath as acknowledging the benefits of a regional approach.
There were also fewer gamekeepers and fewer people trapping and killing polecats in Victorian times in Wales, because Wales has always had less in the way of traditional sporting estates.
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).
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 were asking the show's business gurus to stump up an investment of pounds 85,000.
The wilted flowers of my Evening Primrose perking up at dusk, as they are traditionally pollinated by moths; a spring-flowering magnolia soulangiana cheerfully flowering for the second time this year; a little blue tit taking his first shaky flight out of the nest; five tiny little polecats crossing a busy dual carriageway in single-file and safely; two barn owls "muttering" to each other in my cherry tree at dusk, and a hot air balloon quietly creeping up the valley at dawn.
They are, in fact, mustelids, related to stoats, polecats, otters and badgers.
The society's work includes rescuing wild seals and the breeding of endangered native species like red squirrels and polecats.
PoleCats is purring after being awarded accreditation for their teacher training courses by the Register of Exercise Professionals.