So bouncy 😍
Robert Fuller had no clue when he built a jungle gym with a trampoline in his backyard that it would provide delight to more than just his children.
Hedgehogs, owls, foxes, badgers, and a family of stoats live on the land of the wildlife artist, who lives in Thixendale, North Yorkshire.
The stoats stayed to themselves most of the time, avoiding being out in the open. The trampoline, on the other hand, was too tempting for the lively animals to resist. Fuller informed us, “I first observed a stoat on the trampoline about 2015.” “It was snowing, and I followed the stoat’s pawprints all the way up to and all over the trampoline!”
Fuller set up a network of over 80 remote cameras in his yard to track the stoats’ activities, and he was ultimately able to obtain a sight of them jumping on his trampoline.
“The trampoline was a perfect option for a camera when I constructed my video set-up a few years later, and I quickly had thrilling films of stoats jumping and having fun,” Fuller said. “The stoat kittens appear to congregate at the trampoline to play and have a good time!” They appear to enjoy the material’s texture and utilize it for bouncy playfights and stretching.”
Here’s a video of a small stoat having fun on the trampoline:
The trampoline, however, does not just bring out the youthful enthusiasm in the stoat infants; it also serves as a training ground for the young animals to practice skills they will need as adults.
Fuller added, “The entire children’s climbing structure has been fantastic for the kits to exercise their hunting abilities and even play a stoat version of hide-and-seek.”
Although the stoats have taken over the entire jungle gym, they do share it with owls, badgers, and other creatures on occasion.
Fuller isn’t opposed to sharing; he’s just pleased that he’s created the ideal habitat for his wild neighbors.