Vormela – Marbled polecat

Delayed implantation enables them to time the birth for favorable conditions, such as when foods are abundant

The marbled polecat is a small mammal with yellow, short fur on the upper side and dark brown on the underside and limbs. Their dorsal is also heavily mottled with irregular brown or reddish spots. The muzzle is short, the ears are huge, and the tail is long. Their face is also covered with white markings around the mouth and a black stripe across the eyes.

The reduction in their population is believed to be associated with habitat loss, and the use of rodenticides reduces the prey available to them. They were also once hunted for their fur, known as ‘perwitsky’ in the fur trade.