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B-b-b-baby b-b-b-badger

Well, lookee here. Don’t worry, he’s fine.

Our neighbor called us at dusk yesterday to say there was a badger against her garden wall, just hanging out. What should she do? This seemed extremely unlikely, as badgers is shy and shoot across the garden the moment they hear you approach, but she was right.

Behold. There he is.

He was moving a little and snuffling (and greedily eating dog food), but not acting at all like a proper badger, so we called a badger rescue (of course there are badger rescues). We were worried he might have been hit by a car.

They picked him up and took him to the vet and…he’s just a littl’un, maybe two months old. Dehydrated, but otherwise perfectly well. Too young to be scared, I guess.

How he got separated from his family, who knows? There’s a known sett about a mile away, but he seems to small to have come so far.

They named him Bertie from [house next door] and I think we’re allowed to visit him at the rescue. Maybe not, if they decide to re-release him in the wild.

Isn’t he cute?


Comment from BJM
Time: May 31, 2022, 6:06 pm


I thot we’ve had enough yuks…given the confusing times we’re struggling through…like the litte badger… a little stoicism might be in order.

Happy Birthday Stoaty

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 31, 2022, 6:10 pm

Honestly! I ask one of the nephews to drop by for tea and the next thing is a phone call from his Mum telling me he’s been kidnapped and is being held prisoner in a badger hospital!

No good deed goes unpunished.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 31, 2022, 9:28 pm

Uncle B., am I correct in my thinking that a territorial badger would be a good fox repellent? If so, perhaps if the rescue people don’t try to release your nephew back in the wild, you might persuade him to come stay at your place.

This is assuming that in your seniority you have achieved “fox repellent emeritus” status.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 1, 2022, 6:54 am

The problem, Uncle Al, is that badgers like chickens. For lunch. Not that I see this as a problem, nachrly, but I’d anticipate objects from a certain quarter.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 1, 2022, 7:47 am

They’re also hugely destructive of gardens. Much more so than chickens (she said pointedly).

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 1, 2022, 10:13 am

So, uh, there’s a very good chance the new anti-fox (AntiFaux tm pending) guard would, um, badger the chickens eh?

As to chicken v badger.

Let us reflect for a moment that in legal terms we seldom hear a lawyer object because the opposing counsel is “chickening” the witness during testimony.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 1, 2022, 3:10 pm

Regarding Baby Badger’s future: when the little one is ready to be released into the wild again, will the rescue people bring it back to the area where is was captured or is there a wildlife preserve for badgers?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 1, 2022, 6:58 pm

I suspect they’d let him go someplace wilder than this. I’m afraid our road has gotten dangerously busy over the last ten years and the sett he probably came from is on an even busier road.

I have no idea if his old sett would recognize him and take him back. Probably not, as badgers are generally very cruel on young males once they hit maturity.

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