The story is eerily similar to that of Goldilocks: a curious cutie breaks into someone’s house, eats their food, then takes a nap.
The difference here: the intruder is a pine marten.
What’s a pine marten? While pine martens don’t have the cascading curls of a certain blonde, the adorable creatures are a cousin of the weasel with the face of a miniature bear (in our opinion).
The cub pictured above, now named Edan, is about the size of a house cat and recently entered the Gartness, Scotland, home of Ann Paterson in a very convenient way: via her cat flap.
“I had spotted the pine marten in the garden a few times but I didn’t think anything of it,” Paterson told the Scottish SPCA. “Then one day my daughter and I watched him go into the house through the cat flap.”
Once inside, Edan decided to make himself at home – because clearly the food and bed were put there for his enjoyment.
“Our cats weren’t around at the time and he started munching away on their food before curling up in one of their beds,” she said. “I’m glad to hear Edan is doing well after being rescued.”
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The cheeky animal is now living in an outdoor enclosure with two other pine martens 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,” inspector Louise Seddon said.