Two wildlife lovers visiting an RSPB nature reserve couldn’t believe their luck when they saw a family of weasels hanging out on the path right in front of them.
Daphne and Nigel Simpson were visiting RSPB Frampton Marsh when they spotted four baby weasels, called ‘kits,’ and an adult, just inches from where they were standing.
The mother took two of her offspring into the nearby undergrowth but the other two remained in sight for a few seconds.
Mrs Simpson managed to take some pictures before they disappeared and she says: “It really was a special sight and they are beautiful creatures. We’d been hoping to see lots of wildlife but we never imagined we’d get to see baby weasels. They really did have the ‘ahhh factor!”
Weasel kits are notoriously hard to see as their nests are usually well out of sight in crevices, tree roots and abandoned burrows.
They are also incredibly small – weasels are the UK’s smallest mustelid – a group of carnivorous mammals, – and adults grow no larger than twelve inches from nose to tail tip.
Murray Brown, volunteer visitor experience intern at Frampton Marsh, said: “We give all kinds of wildlife a home and see great creatures on site every day.
“We knew we had weasels but I can honestly say I have never seen the kits – I wish I had.”