I had a problem this week that made me think does this happen in the UK.
Living in Europe, I picked up my new car and before it had done 1,000 miles it started saying the coolant needed topping up, this ended up being more than 2 litres of water over a weekend and obvious signs of fluid leakage spray around the engine. Took the car back to dealer and they repaired it but told me that a Marder (type of pine martin) had chewed through one of he heating hoses. Luckily covered by my ins because this is a regular problem, they seem to like chewing rubber especially brake hoses and drive shaft gaiters. Do people in outlying areas of the UK have this problem with Martins?
Not so much pine martins, more like a grouse or other feathered fiend do mischief. A bird hitting your vehicle at 50/70 can be rather expensive.
Talking about local wildlife. I recall the days when it was a daily routine to check your vehicle for unwanted strangers, after the vehicle had been left for a time in some countries. Snakes wrapped around warm engines springs to mind as one example!.