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Thursday, December 10, 2009

What does an ermine look like?

: ermine

Why: In The Golden Compass, sometimes the Lyra's daemon Pantalaimon turns into one:
Pantalaimon's white ermine fur bristled: she felt it tickling her neck.
Answer: Holy moses:
The ermine is also goes by the names stoat, ermelin, and short-tailed weasel. Sometimes "ermine" refers to the animal only when it has white fur, while "stoat" only refers to when it has brown fur.
In spite of being such a small animal, the ermine's gestation is among the longest reported for mammals (11 months) because of the adaptation of delayed implantation, or embryonic diapause, in which a fertilized egg is not implanted in the uterus until months later. The animal's "real" gestation is much shorter. This is presumably an adaptation to the highly seasonal environment in which the stoat lives.
Source: Google Images

The More You Know: Here is a pretty good explanation about "What are Daemons?"
In Lyra's world all human souls take the form of animal companions called daemons (pronounced DEE-mons). A small, often-changing animal named Pantalaimon accompanies Lyra wherever she goes -- a lifelong companion.


Zachary said...

That is the cutest animal I have ever seen. I have never heard of them until now.

Unknown said...

Ah! That's the reason why I googled the ermine, I wanted to see what cute lil creature Pan is so fond of being :)

Jenny said...

The ermine is a cool animal. I thought it was a ferret the first time I saw one.

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