Pine Marten (Martes martes) is one of Ireland’s rarest wild animals. It is normally sighted in the south and west of Ireland, but is hard to find due to being a shy creature. It is an animal native to Northern Europe, and is less commonly known as the Pineten, baum marten or sweet marten. The Pine Marten belongs to the mustelid family, which also includes mink, otter, badger, wolverine and weasel. Its body size is roughly that of a domestic cat at approximately 53cm, and an additional bushy tail can be up to 25cm in length. An average pine marten weighs 1.5kg, and males are slightly larger than females. Their fur is generally light to dark brown, growing longer and silkier during the winter months. On their throats they have a distinctive cream marking called a “bib”.
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