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Ferrets On Hidden Camera Help Audi Engineers Understand Marten Behavior

Wild martens are causing havoc in Europe gnawing on car wires, so Audi engineers turned to ferrets and members of the weasel family to learn what’s so appealing about chewing car parts.

Marylou Zarbock
Posted: November 9. 2014, 6:50 p.m. EST

Back in 2011, Mazda recalled thousands of cars in North America due to the fear that the yellow sac spider might weave webs that might cause obstructions in the fuel line. Not a good thing for the cars. 

Now we learn that drivers in Europe have a gnawing problem with martens. These members of the weasel family apparently like to crawl up into the undercarriage of cars and chew up things like wires. Again, not a good thing for the cars. 

Audi recently hid cameras under the hood and throughout the undercarriage of a car, then they had an animal trainer set loose a ferret and other members of the weasel family to see what they did inside the car. The results were likely not surprising to pet ferret owners, who know that all things rubbery are usually impossible for ferrets to resist. 

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Posted: November 9. 2014, 6:50 p.m. EST


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I liked this video. While I thought the Ferret running around in the car was cute, It was showing how the wires get damaged. That would cost the car compant big bucks if a customer had problems due to chewed wires. Am surthe car people check it our before selling the cars now, but it still costs them extra time and money to do so,
William, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 12/10/2014 8:10:15 PM
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