Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:01
Yea, verily, Pippa. I had for a blessing, a cottage in Glorious Devon, and a farmer asked me if I'd like a rescued badger cub. I collected it and it was the size of a kitten. I didn't ask what had happened to the mother, but it's eyes were only JUST opened. Well, I raised up on a diet of baby vitamins, slugs and crushed snails, and it thrived ! But, she was a force of destruction in the veg patch. Every time I sowed a row of peas, broad beans, leeks, WHATEVER, it was dug up by the next morning, like a neat row of bullet craters ! Eventually, I found that by spraying the seeds lightly with paraffin, it deterred her from further excavating. Then one day, I had gone out to an evening of nature talks, and returned to find a VERY angry baby sitter, who accused me of feeding hedgehogs to the badger ! I had found a complete family of hogs in of all places, our hedge ! ! !, and brought them all intact to the children's sandpit to show them. The badger had found them and thought it was a snack left for her, and she had, despite never having seen a hog before, scoffed the bloody lot ! Relations with the neighbours was NEVER the same again, as they were obsessive vegans !.