Sharp-eyed Angelique Riddell spotted a litter of young ferrets tucking into a road-killed pukeko on Woodlands Rd yesterday. Since it was just a stone’s throw from N8N headquarters one of the staff photographers went out and took a few snaps. The ferrets were completely fearless and quite unconcerned about the presence of two humans (and Marley the office cat) just a few metres away.
Ferrets are cute but vicious – one did serious damage to N8N’s poultry flock a few years back (though it was caught in the act and dispatched). There don’t seem to be that many of them around Gordonton – we see more stoats, which have a red coat and a long, black-tipped tail, and lack the mask across the eyes. There are also a few weasels in the district – like stoats but smaller, with a short tail lacking the black tip. (“They’re weaselly distinguished because they’re stoatally different.”)
All are bad news for New Zealand wildlife – N8N will be digging out the traps.