The least weasel is the smallest type of weasel in the world and also the smallest meat-eating mammal. This mouse-sized critter often attacks prey much bigger than itself.
Least weasels eat half their body weight daily (one to two mice). When attacking an adult mouse, the weasel grasps the back of the head and bites through the skull several times.
The least weasel’s long, slender body and small, flattened head allow it to dive through holes less than an inch around. It can easily chase prey into their burrows.
The white-footed mouse’s large eyes help it see in dim light, so it can eat late and try to stay alive. Its long, sensitive whiskers and nose also help it explore at night.
On the run, the mouse’s back feet stretch ahead of its front feet. It also can run on just its hind feet, holding its front feet up high.
Once this least weasel was on the hunt, there was no place for the white-footed mouse to hide. Throughout the forest, however, hundreds of other mice lived to see another day.
Nichole LeClair Terrill