Marten, With Spots???

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Marten, With Spots???

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So, there I was....early AM...driving on local lane ( down south, 09) came across animal in road that had all the appearance in terms of size and shape of a large Marten but unusual colours- it had a Marten shaped head/ears but not obvious white Bib.. the end of the tail was banded and most of the body was covered in what appeared (in the car headlights) to be ?hollow spots, or rings. It gave me a severe looking at then sauntered off into undergrowth.

Can't find anything online that fits the description..any thoughts?

Edit to add: After more research, might have answered my own question - was it a Genet?

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Re: Marten, With Spots???

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Was it like this? What a beautiful creature.


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Re: Marten, With Spots???

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Oh, wow! How lucky.

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Re: Marten, With Spots???

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jardiniere wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:25 pm
Was it like this? What a beautiful creature.
Yep, that’s exactly it...thanks for the video.

Being where we are we get plenty of “common or garden” Marten’s, Weasels, and also feral cats wondering around at night etc but this fella looked so unusual, even at a distance, that I was able to slow and then stop the car without spooking it. Guess I had about 5-10 seconds to get a good look before he/she wondered off into the hedgerow.

Never seen one before...sadly probably never see one again...

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Post by Le Démerdeur »

Lucky you, an encounter to treasure.

You gêné'd the genet :D

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We have never seen anything like that.
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Re: Marten, With Spots???

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The most interesting post on here for a long time.

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Genets which are similar to martens are a nuisance in that they will get into a chicken run and kill loads, putting the dead up into trees to eat later.
We had loads back in the Lot and lost chucks to them, they are worse than foxes.
Have seen one pass through our garden here in the Dordogne.

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What a beautiful creature - lucky you!

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Re: Marten, With Spots???

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PatF wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:02 pm
What a beautiful creature - lucky you!
But not our chucks at that time.

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