Stoat or Easóg.
- The cheeky stoat that features in the latest book is a native Irish species and is commonly mistaken for a weasel.
- They typically have a lifespan 4 – 6 years in the wild.
- The typical size of an adult male is 19 – 32 cm and an adult female is 17 – 27 cm.
- Their diet consists of rabbits, shrews, rodents, birds, invertebrates and fish.
- They can make several noises, including hissing and chattering when agitated.
- The Irish stoat is predated by foxes, dogs, and martens, and is probably also taken by birds of prey such as owls and eagles.
- The Irish stoat is protected under the Wildlife Act (1976) and Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000
- You can see this beautiful character in our Farmyard Féasta book by clicking here