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Although rodent-like in appearance, weasels and similar animals (such as minks and polecats) are in their own genus of mammals, called "mustelids."

Just like skunks, weasels produce a pungent, offensive musk when threatened or frightened. In addition to warding off predators (or other weasels) the musk is unique to each animal, identifying their age, sex, and dominance.


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