英会話ブログ その757      Animals, from A to Z

2016/02/11

"W" is for Weasles

Weasles have a reputation for being very clever.  They are very small creatures with slender (thin) bodies and short legs.  Their upper coats are reddish-brown clor, while their bellies (stomach areas) are white.

In Japan, weasles are called "Itachi" and in Japanese folklore, itachi (weasles) cause various strange occurrences.  They are said to possess (to have, or to own something) supernatural powers.  During Edo times, they are said to have caused fires.

Weasles are cute but they are predators and able to follow their prey (targeted animal victims for food) into small, narrow places, to make the kill, to eat the meat.

They are very quick and often able to outsmart their quarry (the small animals they are chasing).  Sometimes, they kill chickens and rabbits.

They are about the same size of rats and were thought to be vermin (in the mouse, rat family), however, weasles belong to the "Mustela" genus.  They are found all over the world, except for Australia and Antactica.

Have you ever seen a weasel ?  Remeber, they are very small and move very fast !                                             (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
while their bellies are white    一方腹部は白い
folklore                            民話
follow their prey                    獲物を追う
outsmart their quarry                追う獲物をうまく出し抜く
vermin                              有害動物、害獣
mustela genus                       イタチ科
Antarctica                          南極大陸

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