Orkney Voles

orkneyvolesWe Orkney Voles, despite our name, are ferryloupers. We only arrived here in the islands  about 5100 years ago with some early humans.  Both our ability to sneak and our  distinctive whiskers seem to have been inherited from Belgian forebears.

In appearance we have been compared rather unkindly to the rather common vole. Their inferior status is shown by being smaller than we are and our fine pale fur is considered distinctive. Thank you for noticing.

Not surprisingly considering our remarkable rarity and distinctive beauty we are written about extensively.  Our great fans, Susan Thaw and co produced a rather excellent academic paper hosted on the Orkkneyjar site.

The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species has a charming article about us though they contain impertinent details on our sex lives.

As Orcadian Voles we are believe that the best interests of our species is served by our human neighbours making sure that Scotland becomes independent as soon as possible.

The rather sad picture of my great, great uncles who had that unfortunate encounter with the taxidermist was taken by Hauke Koch and was posted on Wikipedia.

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