Pine Marten Family Make Themselves at Home at Power Plant

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Pine Marten Family living at power plant

A family of one of the rarest animal's is living the high life at the Scottish Power's Cruachan Power Station.

Four pine martens have made the power plant their home, snacking on food left by the facility's staff and sneaking into the facility cafe.  Shona Mcleman, who works at the cafe, said that adults come to the cafe daily, get food for the babies, and then come back for food for themselves.

Employees have been warned not to look away from their food when eating outside  Mcleman said, "It's not unheard of for them to sneak up and pinch food from their plates if they're not keeping a close eye on their lunch."

"It all started because we caught them breaking into bins to make off with the leftover jam portions, so we started leaving them out food instead.  They got so gallus they were pilfering seeds from the bird table and we've had to put a sign up warning visitors not to leave their food unattended," said Mcleman.  "We make sure there's fruit and nuts on offer for them but cakes - or anything with jam - is what they come for most.  They're wee gannets."

Mammal Specialist Robert Raynor said, "Pine martens have made an amazing recovery in Scotland.  They were once found throughout the UK, but suffered one of the most dramatic declines of any UK mammal."

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