Something New In 2014
Tell me something you did in 2014 that you hadn't done before
The most recent trip away I took had to be one of the highlights of the year. I stayed in a small B&B (not new - done that before) but this one was a little different.
Opening the front door we were regularly greeted by Pine Martens on the front lawn waiting patiently for some food. I had seen a Pine Marten before in a wildlife park but this situation was very different. Where that one was effectively a caged animal, these Pine Martens were free to go where ever they pleased but they the knew they were safe at this B&B and would regularly be fed.
Now the something new in this post comes from actually being able to hand feed wild Pine Martens. Guided by scent rather than their eyes, they make their way tentatively towards you as you hold out a couple of Custard Cream biscuits to them. For some reason they prefer two rather than one.
Sometimes two biscuits were a bit too much to handle as you can see from the video we captured on the remote camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0XnnqECDUU
Incredible getting so close to a wild animal (which could be very dangerous) while feeling completely safe.
Photo attached - two trying to get some biscuits. So disappointed it was out of focus! They are so fast!
Image Credit » (C) PineMartens