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WATCH: Rare sighting of Maltese weasel attack rat on country road is pretty brutal
Not something you see every day…

Sarah Micallef

Despite being endemic to our islands, sightings of the Maltese weasel (or ballotra) are few and far between. The last time we caught wind of one was several months ago, when a local nature photographer spotted one in the countryside.

Maltese Entomology and Wildlife / Facebook

Maltese Entomology and Wildlife / Facebook

The elusive creature is notoriously shy, and even if you do manage to spot one, it’s almost impossible to react quickly enough to catch it on camera – which makes the footage that local Aimee Cassar shot yesterday morning, all the more incredible. 

In the below video, a Maltese weasel can be seen wrangling with a large rat in Bingemma – taking it back home for a Christmas feast, perhaps?

Be warned, it’s quite the battle!


Sarah Micallef
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Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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