Dissection Polecat Mustela putorius

The left front and lef hind paw of the polecat clearly show the none retractile claws.


October 12th 2005
In the province Friesland, in the north of Holland, this polecat Mustela putorius was found dead along a roadside. The fresh killed carcass was taken home for further examination. It became clear that it was a 52 cm, 1350 grams weighing male animal. Because of a collision both upper canines were missing and the lower jaw was fractured at multiple places. After opening the chest a bloody scene revealed the badly damaged kidneys and liver. An inspection of the stomach showed the remains of its last meal, a toad.

Contents of the stomach, remains of a toad, the polecat's final meal.

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