STOAT. The length of the stoat, to the origin of the tail, is ten inches; and of the tail five inches and a half. The colours bear so near a resemblance to those of the weasel, as to cause them to be frequently confounded together; the weasel being usually mistaken for a small stoat: but these animals have evident and invariable latter is always tipped with black, is longer in proportion, and more hairy; while the tail of the weasel is shorter, and of the same colour with the body; thirdly, the edges of the ears, and the ends of the toes in the stoat, are of a yellowish white. It may be added, that the stoat haunts woods, hedges, and meadows, especially where there are brooks whose sides are covered with small bushes; and sometimes (but less frequently than the weasel) inhabits barns, and other farm buildings.
The natural history of the stoat and weasel are much the same. They both feed on birds, rabbits, mice, etc. In agility they are alike, and the scent of both is equally fetid. The stoat is more common in England than the weasel.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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