The Secret Life of Badgers – Photos and Facts

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Shy, elusive, nocturnal – just some of the words that spring to mind when you try to describe the badger. This most ancient Briton is adapted for life underground, and spottings are rare – yet beneath the mysterious surface, these are remarkable animals.

The following are some reasons why we should be celebrating badgers, not planning to massacre them:

Badgers have been present in the British Isles for at least 300,000 to 400,000 years.

1. Badgers are great builders. Their underground homes, or setts, are often highly complex, with different chambers for sleeping and rearing young as well as multiple entrance holes and intersecting tunnels. Setts are passed on from generation to generation, and some may be centuries old.

2. Badgers are highly social and live with their families in clans of up to 12 individuals.

3. Badgers have an acute sense of smell thought to be around 700 to 800 times better than that of humans. Their eyesight is poor, so they rely on their noses for finding food and scenting danger.

4. Female badgers can choose when to have their babies. They’re one of the few mammals who breed through “delayed implementation”, meaning that they don’t become pregnant immediately after mating but store the fertilised egg until November or December so that they can give birth in early spring.

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5. Badgers are foragers rather than hunters. They eat an omnivorous diet that includes earthworms, fruits and berries, insects and cereals.
6. Badgers are fastidiously clean. They spend large amounts of time grooming themselves and each other and regularly change their bedding with fresh grass and leaves. They even dig special latrines away from the main part of their setts.
7. Badger cubs are very playful. Once they venture above ground, when they’re around 2 months old, they enjoy playing games and chasing each other around tree trunks or in and out of holes.
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8. Badgers cooperate with each other to rear their young, exhibiting “alloparental” behaviour. Badger mums will receive help from female relatives, increasing their cubs’ chance of survival, while badger “babysitters” gain useful skills for when they have their own litter.
9. Badgers can live for up to 14 years. However, their life is often cut short by hazards, including cruel badger baiting, traffic and snares, which trap and maim them. Approximately 50,000 badgers die on the roads each year. The most recent threat is the government’s proposed cull, which would kill up to 70 per cent of badgers in certain areas.

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PETA is a member of Team Badger, a coalition of organisations united in our opposition to the proposed badger cull, which is both inhumane and misguided. Hundreds of thousands of British people are rallying to stop the massacre – join the movement here.

Comments

  • theresa morris commented on April 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

    please stop the badger cull it in humane

  • Mariette Eriksson commented on April 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Stop all cruelty agains the badger

  • Jo Gibson commented on April 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Absolutely disgusting, the arrogance of humans to think they have the right to cull a species. The world is up in arms though when a gun wielding nut job decides people need culling!

    • Louise Spartali commented on April 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      It too makes me sick that ‘us humans’ feel as though we can decide whether an animal should live or die. Disgusting.

  • Margaret Green commented on April 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

    We don’t own the planet, but we do treat it as if we had some other place to go. I wish we’d grow up and be Human Kind. Also wish the Oxfam IF campaign the best of luck, people power may be the answer to our problems, governments and global business seek only power for the few!

  • Samantha Jones commented on April 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Please stop the badger cull

  • sarah hill commented on April 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Badgers are beautiful animals and should be left alone. How do other European countries deal with TB in cattle? It is ridiculously callous to simply wipe badgers out.

  • julie commented on April 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Badgers deserve to be protected, vaccinated and made a natinal treasure. People should stand united against this insane cull! Why not demand they be protected like swans are?

  • Mrs Elliott commented on April 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    this cull must be stopped to protect these beautiful creatures. . .

  • robert Covil-Jones commented on April 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Badgers like foxes and hedgehogs are part of the indigenous wildlife of this country and need to be protected.

  • Brien Comerford commented on April 13, 2013 at 1:12 am

    We have no moral right or survivial need to kill badgers or bovines. Humans can gorge on grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, spinach and wholewheat pasta and booze. Eschew flesh-foods and feast on tofu.

  • delmira commented on April 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Estoy en todo de acuerdo,no a la matanza de animales,ni a la crueldad con la que tratan a infinidad de ellos.

  • Pablo commented on April 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Do not buy badger hair shaving brushes either, the badger hair is from China and is NOT a by-product of badger meat, they are killed for the hair (badger hair shaving brushes make good money). Poor badgers, sicko humans.

  • Roy Baker commented on April 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    As humans we have so much and yet we still want to take away from the brothers and sisters we share this world with. Maybe there is such a thing as evil.

  • Brendan curran commented on May 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Senseless slaughter of fantastic creatures

  • h commented on November 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    ESHAVE THAT USES BADGER HAIR TO MAKE SHAVING BRUSHES IS ON PETA’S LIST OF COMPANIES THAT DON’T TEST
    http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/pdf/companiesdonttest.pdf

    Are you serious ? Eshave uses badger hair to make their shaving brushes.
    Badgers are tortured and killed to make brushes for Eshave and PETA has the company on their list ?

    PETA should start checking companies before putting them on the lists that are used by readers who want to avoid products of cruelty.

    • Dan commented on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing. That list is specifically about animal testing. Vegan companies have a V marked next to them.

  • kale commented on November 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    ESHAVE THAT USES BADGER HAIR TO MAKE SHAVING BRUSHES IS ON PETA’S LIST OF COMPANIES THAT DON’T TEST
    http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/pdf/companiesdonttest.pdf

    Are you serious ? Eshave uses badger hair to make their shaving brushes.
    Badgers are tortured and killed to make brushes for Eshave and PETA has the company on their list ?

    PETA should start checking companies before putting them on lists that are used by readers who want to avoid products of cruelty.

  • SHERRIS MOLLOY commented on September 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    People cannot think of enough ways to torture, and inflict long term suffering for animals. They are no better than Serial Killers.

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