Here’s how it went down, as uploaded to YouTube by Jeff Zenger. The weasels bear a resemblance to ferrets, who are part of the weasel family, so Zenger named the video “Ferret Babies Follow Mom.”
The mother weasel and her young ones (kits) are apparently out for a walk when something scary happens — a human approaches too closely! It’s time to scale a nearby stone wall and escape to safety. Mom leads the way and her six kits give it their best scramble, but, gosh, it’s more difficult than it looks. Only one makes it over right behind Mom. The other five perch awkwardly on the wall or tumble back to the grass. Mom then reappears atop the wall and quickly checks out the human threat before encouraging her youngsters to try the climb again. This time, success! Well, at least for four of them. They scramble quickly over the wall with Mom and disappear into some nearby brush.
Mom comes to the rescue again, darting out from hiding and back up the wall. She pops up in front of her offspring and darts back down. You can almost hear her saying, “This is how it’s done. Follow me!”
Never fear. Mom is back almost instantly and has a solution to the problem. She grabs her little one by the scruff with her mouth and disappears down the wall. All the kits are safe at last, even the timid one.
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