The Secret Life of Badgers – Photos and Facts
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.
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.
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.