British Wildlife Centre ~ Keeper's Blog The polecat is one of our most popular animals with the visitors we have, I think this is due to their very playful nature, curiosity and perhaps familiarity too as they do very closely resemble the domestic ferret. But it hasn't always been perceived in this way in the wild.
European polecat (Mustela putorius) — also known as the black or forest polecat - a species of mustelid native to western Eurasia and North Africa. It is of a generally dark brown colour, with a pale underbelly and a dark mask across the face. Compared to minks and other weasels — also fellow members of the genus Mustela — the polecat has a shorter, more compact body, a more powerfully built skull and dentition, and is less agile.