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I really struggle to get my head round weasels

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HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 18:46:52

I've seen them. I know what they look like, and often catch them whizzing across the road at weasel warp speed.

But their size always surprises me. Every time. I know they are small. But when you look at a picture of a weasel or think weasel, you think bigger. You don't think "oh, a weasel. That's a little bigger than a hamster that is". Or I don't. I go, ooooh a weasel. Wow, it's tiny, every time, the surprise never abates.

I struggle with weasel physics. That the actual weasel is not the size of the concept of weasel in my head.

I'm not sure how to fix it. confused

fanjobiscuits Thu 06-Jun-13 18:48:23

Weasels are brilliant. I've never seen one in real life though <envy>

Salmotrutta Thu 06-Jun-13 18:48:25

Compare it to a stoat.

That'll fix you.

Witt Thu 06-Jun-13 18:49:24

I'm exactly the same. The weasel on Springwatch last night seemed really small to me even though I've seen them many times before.

Salmotrutta Thu 06-Jun-13 18:49:25

They are quite evil actually.

Meaner than a junkyard dog.

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 18:50:58

I don't like stoats. They have stupid tails and end up on coat collars.

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 18:51:54

<<clasps Witt to bosom>>

So its not just me. Yay.

Perhaps its a survival mechanism?

Dozer Thu 06-Jun-13 18:53:42

"Weasel" is a very satisfying word.

Also like "pop goes the weasel".

GobblersKnob Thu 06-Jun-13 18:53:59

Pine marten, like a weasel on steroids.

complexnumber Thu 06-Jun-13 18:54:02

I remember seeing two stoats frolicking on the grounds of a Sussex Stately Garden, it made my day.

OP, your thread title has also made my day, fantastic smile, I am thinking how I might drop it into casual conversation tomorrow.

Salmotrutta Thu 06-Jun-13 18:54:04

I always wonder who the heck wanted a freaky dead animal, complete with head and tail, hanging round their neck...


SoniaGluck Thu 06-Jun-13 18:54:54

They are quite evil actually.

What put me off weasels was reading the Little Grey Rabbit stories. The weasel in those books was scary.

GobblersKnob Thu 06-Jun-13 18:54:57

And yes, weasel is an excellent word.

GobblersKnob Thu 06-Jun-13 18:55:46

The weasels in Wind in the Willows are well 'ard.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Thu 06-Jun-13 18:57:00

Salmotrutta; "Compare it to a stoat. That'll fix you"
Aha! My dad's favourite 'joke':

"Weasels are weasely recognised, because stoats are stoatily different"

pushmepullyou Thu 06-Jun-13 18:57:22

Try thinking of them as a fast furry pencil with legs. Works for me and I'm a professional doncha know <expert nod>

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 18:58:23

But weasels shouldn't be pencil sized. Weasels are the wrong size.

Fuzzysnout Thu 06-Jun-13 18:59:37

Yes, and those of you of a certain age might remember how very naughty Tufty the squirrel's friend Willy weasel was. All that running out from behind ice cream vans without looking.

Weasels are bad (and tiny).

pushmepullyou Thu 06-Jun-13 18:59:49

Perhaps you'd be more comfortable with a pine marten?

Salmotrutta Thu 06-Jun-13 19:00:43

There are some horrible weasels in Stephen King's The Stand.

Far too weasely for my liking.

SoniaGluck Thu 06-Jun-13 19:01:35

Gobblers grin

Fuzzy I had forgotten all about Tufty. <nostalgic>

Salmotrutta Thu 06-Jun-13 19:01:55

But Pine Martens are so rare now sad.

One of the few things I haven't seen in real life.

Like wild cats or badgers.

HoneyDragon Thu 06-Jun-13 19:02:41

I suffer a bit from Giraffes too. I know they are big. But when you see them you go "fucking hell, that's huge" you'd think elephants would be the same, but they are reassuringly elephant sized. Giraffes have shock factor.

fanjobiscuits Thu 06-Jun-13 19:04:06

Nooooooo! Weasels can't be evil. Please tell me they have a good side?

BadgersRetreat Thu 06-Jun-13 19:04:37

I've never seen a badger <oh the irony> even though i grew up in the country... sad

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