[AS.] A small flesh-eating animal with red and white soft silky fur. Its body is about seven inches long, its legs are short, and it has five claws on each foot. Its head is round, its muzzle sharp, its ears small and pointed, its jaws powerful, and it has whiskers like those of a cat. Its sense of smell is keen, its sight good, its hearing quick, and it glides like a snake, or runs swiftly, and jumps or climbs walls and trees with great ease. It is seldom seen during the day, but prowls at night in search of food. It feeds on rabbits, moles, mice, frogs, and birds. It is fond of blood, and likes to suck eggs in the poultry-yard, making a small hole in the end of the shell. Farmers favor weasels because they kill many vermin. In attacking their prey, they generally seize the animal by the back of the neck and drive their teeth into the brain. The weasel makes a nest of dry grass and leaves in a tree or ditch.