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Weasel, a small, aggressive, fur-bearing animal found in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It is related to the mink and ferret. The weasel has a small, flat, triangular head with short, rounded ears. It has short legs and a long, slender neck. Weasels range in length from 6 to 24 inches (15 to 60 cm), including the tail. The animal has a strong musky odor. The fur is brown above and white or yellowish below. In cold regions, the fur turns white in winter, though in some species the tip of the tail remains dark. A white weasel is sometimes called an ermine.


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