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The chewing habits of the Beech Marten

Until today, I was blithely unaware of the existence of the beech marten (fouine in French, steenmarter or fluwijn in Dutch). After a conversation with the garage who just serviced my car, I am now aware not only of its existence but of its potentially expensive chewing habits. (See also pages 6-7 here.)

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irishkate
Jul. 29th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'd heard of squirrels going after cars parked in the US but not martins in EU.
niamh_sage
Jul. 30th, 2013 07:49 am (UTC)
My sister-in-law had this happen to her car recently - she was driving on the highway and her fuel gauge showed a sudden drop in fuel. Turned out that a fuel line had been chewed by one of these beasties, and had come loose while she was driving. Not nice! And very expensive to fix, too.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
I just read a German children's book to my daughter of 8. It's called "Connie und die Detektive" (reminding some readers of "Emil und die Detektive"...) and is a rather mass-market, one-in-a-series-of-20-books book of about 120 pages. And - wait for it - one of the cases the young detectives solve involves a "Marder" chewing up the innards of the unfriendly neighbour's car. Who mistakenly had assumed vandalism or worse (what if the brake fluid line had been chewed?).
So, I guess there are still some cultural differences around, even in Western Europe...

Daniel (I'm afraid you don't know me... though I have been lurking and reading your blog for some time...)
shereenb
Jul. 31st, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
I had heard of New Zealand keas eating motorbike saddles and car windscreen rubber seals, but I'd not heard of beech marten car damage before.
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