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Uncle B’s been entertaining his buddies. This is almost certainly a young bachelor. Year-old males are kicked out of the sett when they reach sexual maturity to fend for themselves.

These boys go off on their own and scavenge for food. Kind of sad, really.

Uncle B called the local badger group for advice, but there’s not much to do. Get rid of the outdoor chicken food. If he starts to claw at the chicken pens, electric fence. Badgers are a protected species.

Uncle B asked the badger lady whether it would be okay to feed the poor boy and she said sure, she did that 25 years ago and now she’s feeding a whole colony of his descendants and she’s head of the local badger group. So, no.

Good weekend, all!


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 25, 2021, 8:52 pm

Sniggering? Me?!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 25, 2021, 9:25 pm

We have cat ladies, bag ladies.

You have badger ladies?

How did you lose the colonies?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 25, 2021, 10:40 pm

Is there a good, practical reason that badgers are a protected species? Or is it because of in-your-face lobbying by an ecosect à la PETA? Something like LETB — Loonies for the Ethical Treatment of Badgers…

I get the strong impression that Uncle B can protect himself pretty well, not that I’d ever want anyone to try to treat him unethically.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 26, 2021, 12:37 am


Did you actually see this small creature raid any food bin?

I’m skeptical. Just because the wee badger was in the area doesn’t mean he/she did anything.

This is just circumstantial evidence!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 26, 2021, 4:03 am

@Anonymous (12:37 am) — Take a look at the lower left camera feed from yesterday, and compare it to the image today. The photographic evidence merely shows the critter chewing on the corner of the chicken feed bin, and does NOT show him with the lid open and scarfing up the goodies. Innocent! (-:

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 26, 2021, 1:21 pm

Might one dare suggest Badger Lives Matter?

I suppose given the humorless ever aggrieved hair triggered internet, one should probably not make such a suggestion.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 26, 2021, 2:35 pm

Poor badger…maybe he can ask Harry for help, he’s back in country and is very good at mooching and scrounging off others.

Welp…We’re off to the local festivities; our little burg’s 200th anniversary & 4th of July bash. We got it all, classic & antique car parade, BBQ competition, tractor pulls and some country singer guy I’ve never heard of, topped off with fireworks. Got the ’56 F-100 all shined up for the parade. That should be fun as there are lots of antique, 50’s & 60’s classic iron in this part of the country. I foresee a pulled pork sammie, grilled corn, and a cherry sno-cone in my future.

I hope your community is celebrating the 4th or having summer fetes, etc this year, it’s damned time we had some fun.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 26, 2021, 6:00 pm

For some reason, Brits don’t celebrate the 4th. We do, though.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 26, 2021, 11:53 pm

Badgers we don’t have in our bit of sunny Florida. Alligators, fox, bald eagles, wild parrots, jays, cardinals, pink spoonbills, cranes of all sorts, effing mockingbirds by the hundreds, white egrets that hunt my lawn for grubs….these are a few of my favorite things! But no badgers.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2021, 3:25 am

@Armybrat — …and ibises¹, wood storks, great blue herons, black crowned night herons, woodpeckers, red breasted hawks, anhingas, pelicans, gulls, river otters, anoles, skinks, black snakes, king snakes, corn snakes, tree frogs, armadillos, box turtles, and gopher tortoises.

1. If those birds aerating your lawn hunting for grubs have down-turned beaks, and there are occasional glossy dark-feathered ones, they are likely ibises.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 27, 2021, 3:48 am

Oops. I messed up the link to the ibis picture I wanted to show. Try this one.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 27, 2021, 5:36 pm

Is this a mean tweet about the state bird of Texas!

I mean who doesn’t like a bird that sings it’s entire song list for hours starting at 2:00 AM.

They especially do it where there are areas illuminated by artificial lighting.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 27, 2021, 6:08 pm

@Stoaty…you mean Brits don’t celebrate shedding a pack of woke loonies bent on destroying civilization as we know it?

The thingie was fun and I may have eaten my weight in Elotes. I hope youse guys can enjoy the summer outings again. Many of my fav tchotchkes came from church white elephant booths.

BTW- I recently read that the gays are losing their grip on National Trust properties. True?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 28, 2021, 6:41 pm

There’s push-back, DJM but the rot runs very deep in the National Trust. and it’s by no means confined to the LGBTQWERTY brigade. It’s the usual story – rich members of the nomenklatura virtue signalling their way onto the main board and every managerial position down from there.

It may be that the only hope is to threaten their charitable status, but guess who runs the Charities Commission…?

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