The hypnotic dance of the stoat

Backjob

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Stoats and other similar animals such as weasels:

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Can apparently perform a special hypnotic dance which involves jumping and twisting their sock-like bodies in a style similar to breakdancing. Prey animals, particularly birds, are mesmerised by their movement and move closer and closer to the stoat.

Once they are within reach the stoat moves with lightning speed and dispatches the prey.
 

Woebot

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Backjob said:
Can apparently perform a special hypnotic dance which involves jumping and twisting their sock-like bodies in a style similar to breakdancing.
I've seen this on telly. Its very similar to breakdancing, especially when they spin on their heads.
 

Karl Kraft

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Yeah, never beleived this too till I saw it on tv.

Another thing similar to this, I would love to know if its true. My uncle told me a about something called a 'Rook's Court', apparently sometimes a Rookery will form a circle around on of their number and put it to death as a group, like a punishement for some deed against the group or getting above his station. Anyone know if this is true? I know chimps have similar behaviour, that whole family of birds is very intelligent, so could be possible.
 
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