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Werewolf, probably

This is the bin I keep my chicken food in. It’s large and has clips on either end. Something has been raiding it for a week. Something big.

I didn’t think much of it at first. I assumed whateveritis would sample chicken pellets, go “ew” and leave them alone, but the bastard has developed a taste for them. Three days ago, it tore the lid off and left the bin open to the rain all night. I woke up to a brand new 20 kilo bag of layer’s pellets soaked into a foot-thick layer of disgusting slush.

So yesterday I hauled my old CCTV cameras and set them up. That sounds simple, doesn’t it? Let’s leave it at that.

Now we wait.

In Britain, it can really only be a fox or a badger. There just aren’t that many large mammals left here. It seems too strong for a fox, but not destructive enough for a badger. Suspense.

I remember now why I stopped using the CCTV: I feel compelled to stare at it all the time.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 22, 2021, 8:08 pm

Destructive!? Moi?

Comment from Mitch
Time: June 22, 2021, 8:39 pm

Could be a Chupacabra but y’all are a long way from Mexico so probably not one of those.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: June 22, 2021, 9:22 pm

Could be a Bureaucrat. Larcenous, destructive, persistent in the damage done, and interferes with something productive. I understand you have a bunch of them over there.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 22, 2021, 10:06 pm

Raccoons would do that…we have to keep a bungie cord tight over our garbage bin to keep them out.

Maybe it’s your neighbors who are feeding their chickens with your food?

Comment from Cantharkmycry
Time: June 22, 2021, 11:33 pm

Quasimodo: except, the neighbors would most likely have taken the 20-lb bag of pellets with them. . .

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 23, 2021, 12:21 am

In Britain, it can really only be a fox or a badger. There just aren’t that many large mammals left here.

Or it could be emergent collaborative behavior of smaller mammals. Perhaps a horde of hares or hedgehogs, or even a large gang of voles.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 23, 2021, 1:40 am

So no one accepting my previous pissed off the elves diagnosis Eh?

You know they can take on other forms

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 23, 2021, 2:32 am

My niece did one and found out we are related to John Howland, indentured servant on the Mayflower, he’s the turkey gentleman that fell overboard and had to be rescued. My mother’s side is practically pure New England Yankee, Chases, Grahams and Dexter’s. The other side…Irish and Newfie.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 23, 2021, 2:35 am

I love wildlife cams. My money is on Br’er Badger.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 23, 2021, 5:21 am

You have boars and large deer that are wandering around… maybe it could be one of those mammals.
If you don’t mind wikipedia, here’s a list which should prompt good suggestions:

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 23, 2021, 9:19 am

There is a herd of wild boar in our vicinity, but they hang out in woodland. Ditto deer. We are on the plain and treeless. So no squirrels. Hedges support stoats and weasels. A few mink (not native; fur farm escapees and very destructive). Cats and dogs, naturally.

Whatever it is is tearing the bags to shreds. And, no…he didn’t visit last night. I don’t think I left enough chicken food in the bin to make it worth his while to claw it open.

Comment from JC Collins
Time: June 23, 2021, 12:30 pm

Is ‘wild boar’ a new euphemism for ‘feral hog’? Those suckers get scary big

Comment from BJM
Time: June 23, 2021, 2:54 pm

It has to be something large/strong enough to get in the bin and smart enough to work out how and perhaps an opposing thumb. Although dogs will develop a taste for grain. One of our Setters would sneak across the road and eat the neighbor’s sweet mash. No one could figure it out until he was caught red-handed, er red-snout, in the barrel.

My hunch is indeed raccoons. I’ve yet to eat a single ripe apricot from our 6 yr old tree….just a pile of pits neatly stacked next to the tree….mocking me.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 23, 2021, 3:14 pm

@JC Collins…boy do they ever! A vlogger in Oklahoma recently shot a huge boar with 6″ tusks. IIRC wild boar is related to domestic pigs but is a subspecies and is said to be the most widely distributed mammal on the planet.

Whereas feral hogs are escaped domestic pigs. These guys like a challenge.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 23, 2021, 6:01 pm

No raccoons in the UK, unless it’s a fur-farm escapee. I don’t think we have raccoon fur farms, though.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 23, 2021, 10:30 pm

@Stoaty Really? I just assumed (and you know how that goes) that the buggers are everywhere. Alrighty then… badger it be.

Comment from Drew458
Time: June 24, 2021, 2:30 pm

Not even a clever and determined animal can defeat carabiners. Drill a 3/8″ hole at both ends of the lid, through the lid and the bucket lip below. Slip a carabiner through the holes. At best the critter will be able to get the lid up an inch, but a little bit of wood stuck through the ‘biner’s loop will lock it down tight. Even the joke quality carabiners sold as key-rings will probably do the job. Those hefty spring-loaded clamps that carpenters like will probably work too, though you might have to bend the ends a little to get under the bucket lip.

Animal Cam Pool: I say it’s a were-rabbit. This is England after all.

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