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Old 06-07-2013, 09:44 AM
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Default Carnivorous Mink?

Yesterday on the river I stood and watched two mink fight to the death. They fought for about 30 minutes and both where cut to b@ggery.

When it was over the victor dragged the dead one down the bank, swam across the river and off onto the other bank.

Anyone come across this before? Am I right in assuming that the loser is now lunch?

(On the plus side its one less mink.)
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:57 AM
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Mink actually fight against each other so much (because they are territorial) that they control their own numbers more than any other factor, even human intervention. However, it doesn't reduce the problem much due to the high numbers that each female mink can have a year.

I wouldn't be surprised if it ate the mink, however i would have doubted it. If you handle a very young ferret then hand it back to it's mother, the mother will eat it. I know this from experience when i was inexperienced... So from this, i would expect a mink to be capable of eating another mink.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:10 AM
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Once saw a fight between a hedgehog and a rat,it lasted over twenty minutes and was quite vicious...............................................................................................................................................................................................................The hedgehog won on points.
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Default Re: Carnivorous Mink?

Mink are well known carnivores, but I haven't heard of them eating one another;
But it might occur.
Re ferrets eating their young - - a number of animals may do that, and it is said to be a form of protection. When raising litters of very young animals, I was once advised, don't leave your scent on the babies. jadaTC

PS Re hedgehogs; they are reputed to be just about the only native animal that can kill and eat an adder. They grab it by the tail, roll up into their protective ball, and chew their way along the body. Apparently the prickles form an effective barrier against strikes. That may be an old wives' tale; but I also read about it somewhere. Maybe it was in a ''Nomad'' or a ''Romany of The BBC'' book. jadaTC
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All mink are carnivorous ie. meat eaters surely?
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All mink are carnivorous ie. meat eaters surely?
Cannibalism, was probably the "C" word he was looking for.
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Default Re: Carnivorous Mink?

ive seen mink quite reguarly this year on the clyde and the territorial thing i dont know ive seen them alone most of the time but i have seen 2 together roaming the banks (could be a male&female though was that time of the year) as for the eating each other stuff of ferrets yes this happens if you touch them in there first couple of weeks of being born but the ***** wont always do it (must be a last resort type of thing) or may sometimes eat one or two from the litter and leave the rest. I think rats and things do the same.
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It's a mink-eat-mink world



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Mmm...feel a bit stupid now.
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It's a mink-eat-mink world



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When I was growing up on the farm there was a Mink Farm right across the road. I was forbidden to get any where near the cages. They ARE vicious little shxts!
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