Moles :: Toupeiras

Noun: “a small burrowing mammal with dark velvety fur, a long muzzle, and very small eyes, feeding mainly on worms, grubs, and other invertebrates.” In the Oxford dictionary on-line.

Although I have never seen a real mole I have become really fond of them. They are very small furry creatures that can fit in your hand, and they have these big clawed paws with which they dig long tunnels. Although they spend most of their lives underground it is very common to spot them by the mounds of fresh dug earth they leave in the fields (at least in Europe). You can learn more about them and their habits here  and here.

I created the first “little” mole about a year ago. They have this funny look with bright eyes (although in reality they are almost blind), and they always appear peering out of their mounds. They are extremely curious about the world outside their tunnels. In winter they warm themselves with beautiful striped scarves and they can’t resist a snowball fight. Some of them just love to dress up for tea parties and balls.

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Substantivo feminino: “um pequeno mamífero escavador com pele preta aveludada, focinho comprido e olhos muito pequenos, que se alimenta principalmente de minhocas, larvas e outros invertebrados.” No Oxford dictionary on-line.

Apesar de nunca ter visto uma toupeira a sério confesso que lhes acho muita piada. As toupeiras são uns animais muito pequenos, de pelo aveludado e que cabem numa mão humana, e têm umas mãos enormes com as quais escavam longos túneis. Apesar de passarem a maior parte das suas vidas debaixo da terra é muito comum encontrar montinhos de terra escavada de fresco pelos campos (pelo menos na Europa). Podem descobrir mais sobre esta espécie aqui e aqui.

Criei a primeira toupeira há mais ou menos um ano. As toupeiras das Little Creatures têm um ar divertido com olhos brilhantes (apesar de na realidade serem quase cegas), e aparecem sempre a espreitar dos seus montinhos de terra. São extremamente curiosas acerca do mundo fora dos seus túneis. No Inverno vestem cachecóis quentinhos e não resistem a uma boa batalha de bolas de neve. Algumas delas adoram vestir-se a rigor para ir a festas e bailes.

The mole family

Mole peering at the daisies

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