Pine marten uses cat flap to wander into house
Published 28/07/2015 | 14:22
An orphaned pine marten which wandered into a family home through the cat flap is being cared for at an animal rescue centre.
The animal tucked into some pet food and then curled up for a nap in a cat bed after strolling into the house in Gartness, Stirlingshire.
Ann Paterson called the Scottish SPCA when she discovered the cub, which has been named Edan by staff at the charity's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire, where it is now being cared for.
She said: "I had spotted the pine marten in the garden a few times but I didn't think anything of it.
"Then one day my daughter and I watched him go into the house through the cat flap.
"Our cats weren't around at the time and he started munching away on their food before curling up in one of their beds. I'm glad to hear Edan is doing well after being rescued."
Edan was around six weeks old when he was found.
The charity hopes he can soon be released into the wild as he has been doing well since he was rescued in June.
Scottish SPCA inspector Louise Seddon said: "This was a very unusual case, although we did recently rescue a stray peacock after it tried to squeeze through a cat flap.
"Edan is now living in an outdoor enclosure at our centre with two other pine martens of a similar age, named Ailpen and Cailen.
"We are hopeful we will be able to release them all back into the wild in around four to six weeks' time."