Anglian Weasel

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Anglian Weasel
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Fauna
Official Name Anglian Weasel
Common Nicknames Brown Weasel
Classification Mammal
Habitat Anglia and Dorinn, Regalian Archipelago
Domesticated No
Current Status Common

The Anglian Weasel is a small mammal native to Anglia and Dorinn in the Regalian Archipelago. An animal known to have lived in the Archipelago for some time, it has thrived in the plains of Anglia since the Ailor first arrived and has been a pest to farmers for years. A predatory animal, the Weasel commonly hunts mice and small birds, but the reason they are annoying to farmers is their other hunting target, the Common Farm Chicken. They are most noted for their seasonal changes in fur color which some say vary the most of any animal. This changing coat color, in turn, has also resulted in shady business practices where some buy furs supposedly of the highest quality only to have them be that of the Anglian Weasel, a common animal. Despite the fur industry in Anglia and Dorinn, as well as angry farmers, none have been able to halt the large population of this mustelid.

History

The Anglian Weasel has been an animal reported since the very early days of the Ailor presence in the Archipelago. They were ignored as a consistent food source due to their size and their lack of useful skills to the early Ailor resulted in them not being domesticated either. The Weasel was also mistaken as four different species for many years and some even today, in the most remote parts of the Archipelago, have that same assumption. As time passed and contact with the outside grew, the Weasel made its way to Dorinn and became more well known. With the rise of the Regalian Empire after the Cataclysm and the increase in trade between nations, the rise of the Common Farm Chicken in farming country quickly marked the animal as a pest to be exterminated. Ever since then, farmers have tried and failed to curb the population of Anglian Weasels. Their efforts are aided by fur trappers, but even this combined effort cannot keep the mammal population down. It is simply too widespread and too slippery to go the way of the Dragons. Today, they are easily found in the plains of Anglia and around the High River Delta of Dorinn.

Physical Appearance

The Anglian Weasel stands under half a foot in height with males just over a foot in length with a weight of two to three pounds and females just under a foot in length with a weight of one and a half and two pounds. Their heads are small, with a brown button nose, short white whiskers, a little sharp-toothed mouth, two small blue eyes and two small ears that hug the body. Their faces also have light masking around their eyes of their underbelly color of that season. The animal possesses a narrow body with four spaced out small pawed feet to support themselves. They also possess a tail which accounts from between a third to a fourth of their body length. A fur coat covers their body which changes each season on an unstoppable clock.

Diversity

The Anglian Weasel has no visible difference between the sexes, and their gender ratio is equal What gives them the most diversity, however, is their changing fur colors. In spring, it takes on a light shade of brown with an off-white underbelly before summer changes the coat into a darker brown but keeping the same toned underbelly. During the autumn, the coat turns black, and the underbelly goes white before, as winter hits, their whole pelt becomes snow white. The cycle then resumes as spring comes again.

Life Span and Development

The Anglian Weasel is born in litters of one to seven. They are small and pink, lacking any fur and must be cared for by their parents until they grow a coat after two weeks. Over the course of the next three months, the Weasel matures physically and mentally before after six months of being born; they go out into the wild on their own. They mate for life soon after and chose a home of their own before beginning the cycle anew. Anglian Weasels can live from between seven to ten years before dying.

Mental Overview

The Anglian Weasel is two mental states wrapped into a single package. On the one hand, it is a family creature and cares dutifully for it’s young. On the other hand, the Weasel has been known for its viciousness in the hunt and when humans near their homes. The animal does not attack larger animal such as bears or wolves, but instead, the Weasel has come to understand that humans are often weaker to them than other predators. They tend to rush up the body and bite hard, their small bodies hiding strong jaws. They also use their clawed paws to scratch and scrabble with their opponent. Aside from this hostility to humans, Weasels are generally cautious around each other. A couple will protect and keep a fellow Anglian Weasel out of their hole, especially if they just had children. Two couples together in the same territory is impossible however due to the competition this causes.

Territory and Groupings

Anglian Weasels live in old burrows of other animals or in the burrows of animals they’ve killed. These burrows and at least three square miles of territory are what the Weasel considers as its own. Single Weasels often don’t live in burrows until they have successfully found a mate and sleep in hollow trees or deep in other forms of vegetation. Couples are also far more territorial than single Weasels and will faceoff with other couples who try to move into their territory. Anglian Weasels often make their homes at the edges of farms, seeking to benefit from the animals such places attract as well as prey which is present year round, that most commonly being the Common Farm Chicken.

Trivia

  • Anglian Weasel winter fur is most often sold off as Calemberger White Ferret fur by unscrupulous companies looking to make a quick profit. The difference between the two fur types is only clear to a fur trader.
  • Anglian Weasel fur has found a niche life as being used in Dorinn play productions as a costume fur used to make outfits looks fancier than they are.
  • Anglian Weasels remain untamed to this day due to their hostile disposition towards humans. Many tamers have tried and failed to do so, but at this stage, their reaction to humans seems to be embedded in their very being and is not learned with time.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Artists None
Processors Drunkfailure
Last Editor HydraLana on 10/8/2017.

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