Guess who just filled out their absentee statewide primary balllllot!

This lil’ stoat! He’s votin’ ‘n’ stoatin’!

[OK, technically, it’s a Marten, but Martens only vote for Nader and I didn’t want to encourage that]

Curious Marten, originally uploaded by Adam Lyon.


  1. Grasshopper says:

    So cute! I need to have one!

  2. Grasshopper says:

    Siriusly people, this beautiful little bebeh wants me to take her home. The kissable nose, the coloring, the earnest, I own your soul, eyes. I shall perish!

  3. Hon Glad says:

    This Marten is smartin that you called him a Stoat and I quote ‘I aint no Stoat’

  4. Theresa says:

    What rhymes with “weasel”?

    [ – Ed.]

  5. I’ve never seen one of these before and OMG it’s sooooo cute!

  6. chanpon says:

    Two-toned fur is gorgeous. But his little alert face, pointy ears, and oh-so puffy paws are overloading my circuits.

  7. I am ded. Ded from cute.

  8. Ok seriously – this wasn’t here like an hour ago – was it? I mean, it just showed up on my computer between the pet bonding and the roundular seal pup… right? (people?)

    I think a Marten would make a great lunch!

  9. EV — it’s the TypePad time warp.

    Conventional linear physics is for lu-hu-hu-husers.

  10. Bookish says:

    Weasel rhymes with Vin Diesel?

    I’ll have one of each, please.

  11. You could have a still-life weasel
    Painted by your boy Vin Diesel
    If he could paint, and had an easel.

  12. Lol @ Bookish. Not a bad idea. Share?

    That Marten is like a cross between a fox and a kitteh – that’s some super cute powers he’s got!

  13. (I could go on, by the way, but it only gets dumber.)

  14. metsakins says:

    I NEEEed to test the snorgability of that orangish fur. And just how moist is that nosicle.

    *dons lab coat*

    You’re coming with me little fella.

  15. Bit of real-life trivia, though: Brad Pitt is a pretty decent architectural photographer. Not making this up.

    So, maybe Vin *does* paint.

  16. Colleen says:

    What a cutie!!! Brand new beautiful animal for me to “awww” over. Thanks! 😀

  17. shanchan says:

    I’ve got my ballot in my hot little hand, turning it in at lunch. I’m stoatin’ baby!

    Theo, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze continue, I was cracking up big time!

  18. Seriously, all I got left is “sneezle”. Reeeeachy.

  19. AuntieMame says:

    Well, Theo, it worked for Ogden Nash.

    I can’t help but wonder if it’s mud or choklit the little marten has been running through.

  20. AuntieMame says:

    (And I wish Brad Pitt would do *more* photography…so we could stop seeing his mug everywhere…)

  21. Lizzums says:

    I don’t know about artist, but Vin Diesel is a RPG gamer IRL. Tee hee… *runs off full of nerdy happiness*

  22. Things that rhyme with Weasel…
    Liesl? (you know, from the Sound of Music)
    Schlamezal (Schlamazel, hassenpfeffer incorporated – Laverne & Shirley anyone?)
    Measle(s), but not mumps.

    Aaaand, I’m out.

    Oh, and the marten certainly is cute. :o)

  23. How ’bout “squeezle”?

  24. roisin formerly ka9q's wife says:

    -any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts

    That is all I can come up with.

  25. Catsquatch says:

    Ok, this one convinced me, I need me some knee socks….

  26. OMG, cutest critter I’ve seen in forever. I want one.

  27. You forgot Dweezel (as in Zappa).

    I’d like one please (marten, not Zappa).

  28. ThreeCatNight says:

    There once was a little weasel,
    Who thought that he spotted a measle,
    But then, after a while,
    He saw, with a smile,
    It was only some paint from his easel.

  29. Wow. Another anerable aminal of which I have never heard until now.

    (And no, I’m not referring to Mr. Diesel).

    Who knew that stoats and martens were so politically engaged?

  30. Excellent 3CatNight!!

    Decca – HOW could I have missed Dweezil???? Perhaps Frank named his daughter Moon Unit because it doesn’t rhyme with Weasel? (Of course their other kids are Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen, so what do *I* know…)

  31. Martens 4 Nader? Absotively pawsolutely! But in tihs elekshun wii awl shud voat 4 Obama. Yesh.

  32. Mary (the first) says:

    “I’m a Martens if you pleazle” ?? (ala I am Siameeze if you Pleaaze) .. ??

  33. karla b says:

    in PG Wodehouse Jeeves & Bertie Wooster books, Bertie often refers to a Difficult Female Friend as a ‘young beazle.’ FWIW.

    Q. What does that sweet member of the weasel family wear on those cute puffy feets?
    A. DOC MARTENS. humor!

    ps are there mitford sister fans posting here, Hon Glad and Decca? 🙂

  34. Y’all are really outdoing yourselves today. I’m laughing so hard, I’m disturbing the cat on my lap.

    By the way, @roisin, it’s
    “teazel.” It’s still the best way to raise the nap on fine woolen fabrics once they’ve been fulled. Can’t beat Mother Nature.

    And the marten is super-cute. I usually don’t like weaselly critters, who are bad guys in Susan Cooper’s wonderful books.

  35. Ermine_Violin says:

    *and our world will do the Time Warp again*

  36. I saw a marten once in northern Ontario! It trotted across a trail I was hiking — just a few metres away. They are really good hunters — chipmunks beware!

  37. Rooanne says:

    Please let me know how I can order one!!!

  38. Pearl Ostroff says:

    Someone else who is a Susan Cooper fan?! I love her books. My copy of The Dark Is Rising seems to have disappeared and I am bereft.

    I have a friend who named her cat Dweezel. She was a fan of Frank Zappa’s. The friend, I don’t know about the cat.

    The marten is one of the cutest things I’ve seen.

  39. almost all cats love vin diesel. that last kitty picture was voting for him!

  40. sunnymum says:

    This guy reminds me of leetle meester no shoulders…

  41. That Marten is about the cutest thing ever. Looks so lively and smart and makes you wonder what he’s busy thinking with his little furry brain.


  42. kittymom says:

    LOL @ threecatnight & karla b!

  43. There was a young Marten named Cecil,
    Who hated being called a weasel.
    So Meg called him a stoat, Because of his vote.
    But nader to weasels is cease all…

  44. LOL’ing @ ThreeCat, Theo, et al!

    I’ve never seen one of these before!! So much QTE in the world!!!

  45. The only nitpick I have about CuteOverload (and it’s a very small one) is there isn’t enough marten love. 😀 Yay for martens!

  46. NutherDeb says:

    How is it that such vicious little mustelids can be soooo darned cute??
    He says, “You know you want to pet me, but I’ll bite your fingers off!”

  47. scooterpants says:

    my pommie poo has that same lil expression.
    very adorables

  48. Deirdre says:

    Wow…I gotta take up hiking in deepy northern woods if this is an example of the cute to the 3rd fauna. And I always take Nancy Mitford with, karla b. Always.

  49. There once was a young marten
    Who thought he was a brave Spartan
    He got the weapons alright
    And set out to fight-
    But he wore a kilt of Glasgow Tartan.

    (Sorry, I’ve been out of touch!)

  50. Awww 🙂 Please send one to me in Australia immediately please!

  51. Hon Glad says:

    A Marten with a parting
    caught farting in tartan
    was jailed in Long Lartin.
    (HM Long Lartin prison)

  52. BumbleBee says:

    Gah – too cute. Love the puffy paw pads. My dog’s paws look like this and we call them his ‘hover pads’.

    Karla B – Doc Martens indeed! Can you imagine eet?! Oxblood colour ones with wacky laces, i reckon.

  53. Awe! He looks like a ferret crossed with a baby fox.. I’ve never seen anything so cute!

  54. Tina Rhea says:

    For those who liked The Golden Compass, when Lyra starts to grow up and her daemon Pantelaimon settles into one shape, it’s this one. Nice choice.

    I hear that martens chase red squirrels through the trees. I like red squirrels too, but that would be something to see.

  55. Katherine says:

    Okay, so this might be the most adorable creature I have ever seen.

  56. Chelonianmobile says:

    Huh. So Ublaz Mad Eyes actually controlled his psycho lizards with Teh Power Of Ky00t. Look into his eeeeeyyyeees …

    Nah, this isn’t Ublaz. He’s not crossdressing.

  57. Claire Kelly says:

    OMG! It’s Pantalaimon!

  58. catwoman says:

    OMG! This guy is cute1!! He (she?) looks like a cross between a cat and a dog, really!

  59. I think it is cute I would like to have one too ….