The Amazing Mink With Highly Prized Fur

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You have seen several furry creatures with distinct habitats and behavior. Due to the soft and colorful furs, these creatures never fail to capture the attention of animal enthusiasts, such as Minks. Mink, the amazing furry animal, is found in various parts of the world.

Their soft and luxurious fur has been highly prized for use in the clothing or fashion industry. However, there is much more to minks than their cute fur. In this post, we will explore the interesting characteristics, habitat, and behavior of these cute furry Minks. 

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What is Mink?

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Mink is a dark-colored, semi-aquatic mammal that belongs to the same family as weasels and otters. It has a long slender body, with short legs and a bushy tail. In the wild, Minks have a rich and thick coat of fur that is water-repellent and looks glossy and silk. 

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Most wild Minks have a dark-colored body, whereas farm-bred mink’s fur can come in different shades including brown, black, and white.

Wild Mink and Farm-Bred Mink

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Minks are carnivorous.

Most often Minks prey on fishes and other aquatic animals, but may also eat small mammals, birds, and eggs. Their streamlined bodies and webbed feet make them excellent swimmers, enabling them to hunt in water. They also use their sharp claws and teeth to catch their prey. 

Mink eating fish

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Minks bred on farms eat dog food, expired cheese, poultry slaughterhouse byproducts, fish, meat, etc. 

There are two species of Minks; American Minks and European Minks. 

American Minks are larger than the European Minks, though you cannot determine just by looking at them. European Minks have a white patch on their upper lip while most American Minks are devoid of this mark. Therefore any mink without this white patch is certainly the American Mink. 

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European Mink American Mink

Habitat

Minks are typically found near water sources and seldom found far from lakes, riverbanks, and marshes. They can leave water resources only while hunting rabbits, one of their favorite foods. Even when roaming, they tend to follow ditches, streams, and canals.

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Minks do not shy from humans and can stay near human settlements, even when people are nearby. 

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Minks are territorial animals and do not tolerate another mink in their territory. 

Male Minks become more aggressive if they locate any other male in their territory while they appear to be less aggressive towards females. 

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Reproduction

After a gestation period of about six weeks, the female gives birth to a litter of up to 10 young ones. The baby minks are born blind and helpless, but they grow rapidly and start exploring their surroundings within a few weeks.

Mink Farming

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As mink’s fur is highly prized for use in clothing hence several farms are established to stop the overhunting of minks. Along with farming, these animal farms also focus on the rights and welfare of animals. 

Minks have faced several challenges due to human activity. They were hunted extensively for their fur, which led to a decline in their populations. However, today, strict regulations and laws have been in effect to protect minks and control the fur trade. 

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