Richard Bowler's contestwinning picture of a polecat
Three days later the animal - now believed to be a wild polecat
- gave birth to seven kits.
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.
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.