'The first one I've seen in the wild': Polecat snapped with its prey

Keen photographer Ann Mason snapped this polecat on the Weavers' Way trail, near Aylsham.

Keen photographer Ann Mason snapped this polecat on the Weavers' Way trail, near Aylsham. - Credit: Ann Mason

A keen Norfolk photographer has told of the moment she snapped her first ever photo of a wild polecat.

Ann Mason was walking on the Weavers' Way trail near Aylsham when she spotted the flick of a tail go into a hedge.

After spotting the carcass of a rabbit on the floor she waited until the polecat came back out of the greenery.

Mrs Mason said: "I had my camera – it goes everywhere with me. She sniffed [the rabbit] up and down, picked it up and just walked away with it. We weren't moving and were stood quite a way away.

"I was so worried she was going to run off and I wasn't going to get a picture, because when she picked it up she looked straight at us."


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Seeing the now recovering species in the wild brought back happy childhood memories for Mrs Mason.

She said: "It's the first one I've ever seen in the wild, and I've lived in the country all my life. I had polecats and ferrets as a child many years ago.

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"As kids we used to put them on a lead and walk them around the garden. That's how I knew what it was."

• Have you taken photos or videos or rare of exotic wildlife in Norfolk that you'd like to share with us? Email: daniel.moxon@archant.co.uk.

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