Badger, Scratching his tummy, small


10 x 10 x 14cm

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Badger, Scratching his tummy, small



Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the family Mustelidae, which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, they are nocturnal and elusive, but remain one of the UK’s favourite mammals. Like humans, they are omnivorous, although unlike us, they eat several hundred earthworms every night. But when worms are difficult or almost impossible to find, for example in dry conditions, during hard frosts, or in barren areas where they are relatively scarce, badgers will try almost anything edible, including snails and slugs. Badgers enjoy cultivated soft fruit like raspberries and strawberries and, out in the fields, will eat fallen blackberries and any they can reach on the bushes. There are anecdotal accounts of badgers tottering as though drunk after over-feeding on fallen plums, and they certainly feast well in orchards on fallen apples, pears and plums. Oddly, some badger watchers tell of badgers that reject a particular type of fruit put out for them, apples, for example. By contrast, others tell of badgers tucking into pieces of apple with obvious enjoyment, occasionally trotting off, head held curiously high, with a large piece they clearly want to keep for themselves.

Badgers are social creatures and live together in large underground setts, comprised of a series of interlocking tunnels with nest chambers, toilets and several entrances. They inherit these setts from their parents, while always expanding and refining them. The resulting huge tunnel systems are, in some cases, centuries old.
Badgers spend a lot of time collecting bedding to line and provide warmth to underground chambers for themselves and their cubs. Grasses, hay and straw, fallen leaves, green leaves, bracken are just some of the natural materials they gather up and pull backwards into their setts, sometimes from more than 100 metres or more away.
Badgers mate at almost any time of the year, but thanks to an unusual reproductive technique, known as delayed implantation, they have only one litter a year. Litter size ranges from one to five cubs, with two or three the more common. In the Midlands and the south of England most cubs are born in early to mid February, and cubs from those litters emerge above ground for the first time in early to mid April. Further north the timing is likely to be a little later