Baby stoat!! Stoats, also known as Ermine and Short-Tailed Weasels, are members of the Mustelid family (ferrets, skunks, badgers, wolverines, minks, weasels). They're native to the colder regions of North America and Asia.
Ermine, also known as a stoat. The beautiful coloring of this relative of otters, mink and wolverines is the ermine's summer coat. The ermine's coat changes to a thick warm all white coat in the winter. The only part of the ermine's coat to not change color is the very tip of its tail, which remains black.
Even though River Otters are not listed as Endangered species, their range has been greatly reduced over the years by habitat destruction and they are vulnerable to pollution and toxins in the environment.