The mystery surrounding an unidentified animal that was spotted by the canal in Leeds city centre has finally been solved, thanks to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The sighting of the unusual looking animal sent YEP readers into a frenzy, with hundreds of comments, e-mails and tweets from intrigued residents.
Some suggested the dark-coloured creature was a cat, otter or rat.
“But experts at the Canal and River Trust believe the animal is a mink.
The dark-coloured critter was filmed running next to the canal from the window of the Yorkshire Evening Post offices on Whitehall Road last week.
Jonathan Hart-Woods, ecologist at the Canal and River Trust, said: “It is interesting that people are so fascinated to know what it is.
“I think it’s a mink because of its size and its movement.
“Mink and otters are both members of the weasel family.
“You can see in the video that it stops and sniffs the air, which is typical of mink due to their keen sense of smell.
“It’s possibly young and finding a new territory to hunt in.
“Mink are not very common and are not a native species – they spread to this country after a lot of animal rights activists freed them from mink farms in the 70s and 80s.
“They look cute but are efficient hunters.”
Mink eat fish, birds or small animals and have been spotted near the Dark Arches and Woodlesford areas of Leeds.