The kits will be with us until September; in the meantime we will identify a suitable release site.
They will stay in their outside run until their release, at which point they will be transferred out to a purpose-built release cage.
They will remain in the cage for two weeks giving them time to acclimatise to their new surroundings.
Following their release, we will continue to feed the polecats for a further two weeks, slowly reducing the amount provided.
Post-release monitoring of orphaned polecats using radio collars by the team at Stapeley has shown that rehabilitating orphaned polecats does work and gives them a second chance of a life back in the wild.
Watch some footage of previous orphaned polecats rehabilitated at Stapeley:
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Interesting polecat facts
Polecats were driven to the brink of extinction in Britain early last century after persecution by farmers and gamekeepers. They were limited to a small area of Wales, but can now be found throughout Wales, the Midlands and central southern England and parts of Scotland.
They live around five years in the wild.
They are solitary and mainly nocturnal.
They prefer lowland areas such as valleys and farmland with hedgerows and small woods.
They mark their territories with a foul smell from the scent glands at the base of their tail. In Shakespearean times, the word 'polecat' was used to describe someone with an equally unpleasant character!
Think twice if you find a baby wild animal
In most cases, the best thing is to leave baby wild animals alone.
Think twice Most often parents are close by.
Watch for a good while from a distance Parents usually return after time.
Seek advice from an expert Before removing from the wild.
If you think a wild animal has been orphaned or abandoned, or if you find an injured wild animal, call our 24-hour cruelty line: 0300 1234 999.