Mustela erminea (Stoat, or "Okojo" in Japanese).
Here in Fairbanks, it snowed on October 20th and 21st and the ground was covered with powder snow now. And this morning, we noticed that there were bunch of tracks of some kind of animal by our porch, but we couldn't figure out what kind of animal left those tracks.
In the afternoon, when we brought our bird feeder inside, we found an white animal hopping around on the snowy ground. It was an ermine! It just kept hopping around our porch and woodshed...even under our car. I was so amazed to see how swiftly that little animal can move and jump!
First, I thought it was some kind of white bird,
but when I took a close-up, I noticed it was an ermine.
It likes to move around our wood shed.
It was running on the beam of the shed.
It hops and jumps on the snow...amazingly swiftly.
Here is the cropped version.
The picture is blur, but how cute its legs are!
It was so adorable!
You can compare its size with our foot prints.
It seems to like our wood shed.