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06 Nov 2008

A MISCHIEVOUS mink that "eats" cabin cruisers is being hunted at a posh marina.

The tiny animal has caused thousands of pounds-worth of damage.

It was spotted by businessman Elliott Maurice, 36, after he found a hole in the cabin of his £100,000 powerboat.

He said: "The harbour office told me a mink was on the loose — then I saw the little sod."

The black mink — thought to be the offspring of hundreds set free by animal liberation activists in the late 1960s — has been running wild for ten days at Brighton Marina.

Another owner said: "The little blighter chewed through my decking. We’ll end up with boats at the bottom of the sea."

Specialists are searching for the creature.