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New Insults, Please

Call someone a weasel, and that person will take offense. But the remark could be a compliment, too.

For one thing, weasels are among the most flexible creatures on the planet, and flexibility is a plus, right? With weasels it's their spines that are especially bendable -- so bendable, in fact, that the average weasel can make a U-turn in the narrow confines of a gopher's burrow.

Also, weasels are not finicky when it comes to food. Nor do they play favorites. The Long-tailed Weasel, for instance, preys on rabbits, chipmunks, shrews, rats, birds . . . even insects and earthworms when the mood strikes.

And finally, contrary to myth, weasels don't suck the blood of their victims. They merely lick the blood from open wounds.

Click here to learn more about a common weasel.

 

 

 

 

 

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