Our new BFFS are a family of young stoats rescued by the Scottish SPCA and named for each of our favorite TV Friends. That’s right, meet Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe and Monica.
Before we get to the rest of the cute stuff, here’s the bad: the six orphans were found on a road in Inverness (the land of the Loch Ness monster) next to their dead mother at only 5-6 weeks old, the SPCA’s website said.
Things are now looking up for the crew who are in caring hands at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.
“They are all feeding themselves and we’re going to move them to a large outdoor enclosure soon,” said centre manager Colin Seddon. “We’ll release them back into the wild as a group when they are fully independent.”
A simple “what are stoats?” Internet search revealed that the creatures are also known as short-tailed weasels and that their fur was used in the 15th century by Catholic monarchs. Apparently, the root word for stoat could be stout, the Dutch word for “naughty” — which explains Seddon’s next comment.
“They look very cute and cuddly now, but when they’re fully grown they will be a predator to other wildlife such as rabbits, mice and voles,” he added.