Rampaging badger terrorizes Brits...


May 14, 2003, 12:20 AM
From the Times, London (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-679700,00.html):

May 14, 2003

Rampaging badger puts five people in hospital
By Sam Lister

A QUIET corner of rural England was recovering yesterday after a bruising encounter with Boris the badger.

Five people were put in hospital and two police officers were sent scurrying for cover after the bad-tempered creature went on a 48-hour rampage through Evesham in Worcestershire.

As the last victim returned from hospital yesterday, after having skin grafts to his legs and an arm, residents described Boris’s arrival as being like a scene from a horror film.

Michael Fitzgerald, 67, a retired BBC producer from the Greenhill area of the town, was attacked when he heard noises coming from his garage and went to investigate.

After tentatively raising the door he spotted Boris and beat a hasty retreat. But the badger headed him off and attacked, sinking its fangs into his arms and legs before scuttling off into the night.

His wife, Pam, speaking as Mr Fitzgerald was due to undergo plastic surgery for his inch-deep wounds at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, said that the badger had struck without warning. “It was like something out of a horror movie, he was bleeding so badly,” she said.

“To hear your husband screaming and shouting in such pain, it was horrifying. He is very badly shaken up and he’s going to be permanently scarred.”

Boris, 2½ft long and weighing in at 15kg, had earlier bitten two teenagers and a man and a woman who were walking their dogs.

He also showed no respect for the law. Two police officers called by residents who feared that a prowler was in their midst were forced to jump on to the bonnet of their patrol car when the snarling animal charged straight at them.

The badger’s rampage eventually ended on Saturday when he was caught under a crate by Michael Weaver, chairman of the Worcestershire Badger Society.

Afterwards Mr Weaver said that the badger’s behaviour was unprecedented. “I have never heard of anything like this in 24 years of work with badgers throughout the UK.”

Boris, a 15-month-old male, is believed to have escaped, or to have been stolen, from a nearby wildlife centre, where he had been kept in an enclosure with another badger.

Mr Weaver said that because the badger was domesticated he had not run away from people when frightened by them, but had instead decided to attack. “In the wild badgers are fiercely territorial and will attack other badgers, but they will not normally attack human beings.

“Boris may have been happy in his domesticated environment where he was used to people around him, but when he was taken out of those surroundings his wild territorial instincts came to the fore.

“While a wild badger would run off on picking up human scent, Boris had experience of people. He reacted entirely naturally and saw the person off his territory by attacking them.” After catching Boris Mr Weaver handed him to a local vet. The badger was later put down on medical advice.

“The real tragedy about Boris is that it shows that people shouldn’t try to tame wildlife or treat them as pets, because they are not,” Mr Weaver said.

Caroline Gould, who works at the Vale Wildlife Visitor Centre, where Boris lived, said that the badger had been kept in an enclosure after being given to the centre as a hand-reared baby.

“Sadly we couldn’t put him out in the wild because he was already domesticated,” she said, adding that Boris had always been amiable, if a little moody. “It is very, very sad. He must have been very frightened and hungry to have behaved like he did.”

Ms Gould added that Boris, who was naturally nocturnal and often not seen for days at a time, appeared to have been stolen, set free, or escaped of his own volition.

Tim Thomas, senior scientific officer in the RSPCA’s wildlife department, said that the badger’s plight demonstrated the real dangers of rearing such animals in domestic environments. “This is a prime example of why we should leave wildlife alone unless you really know what you are doing,” he said.

The National Federation of Badger Groups advises people not to try to feed badgers in case they get bitten. It has no record, however, of wild badgers attacking people, except when injured or trapped.

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Art Eatman
May 14, 2003, 07:54 AM
First time I've heard of a badger being this sort of problem. Mountain lions and "pet" whitetail bucks are the most common Bad News pets. Then, I guess, monkeys...


May 14, 2003, 09:20 PM

Get a shotgun and some of that sauce.

End of Boris the Battering Badger.

Either that or pin a medal on him.

May 18, 2003, 03:15 AM
If I ever blow this joint......I'll bite 'em again! :neener:

And that guy that caught me under the box?..........I know where you live, buddy!

May 18, 2003, 03:33 AM
IIRC Ruark, described the tenacious nature of these critters in The Honey Badger
Never seen one being as they are in my neck of the woods.

I am reminded of the squirrel creating havoc in Britain awhile back.

Invite some THR's, look the other way as far as firearms are concerned and I bet we could alleviate some 'pests'...can't have 'bonnets' getting dented across the pond can we now? ;)

Art Eatman
May 18, 2003, 10:14 AM
"The honey badger when attacking will go for the groin. In this, it has much in common with the American woman."

I think the ratel, or honey badger, is more like a wolverine in characteristics.

I'm guessing the badger of England is much like our own. Very tough, very strong for its size. However, if not bothered, it's quite happy to mind its own business.

:), Art

May 20, 2003, 12:17 AM
I've ridden upon badgers on the ranch numerous times over the years and more often than not the badger will make a run for the horse!

Horses have a lot of respect for those critters and will give them a wide berth.

May 20, 2003, 02:48 AM
Either that or pin a medal on him.Normally I'm for blasting pesky varmints. But this savage little beasty is worthy of Knighthood.

Brit morons. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :scrutiny: :uhoh: :barf:

May 20, 2003, 02:53 AM
Careful, a certain badger I know has 4 Wilson UTs, 4 870s, 4 Les Baer TRSs, 4 Kahr P9s.....

May 20, 2003, 03:28 AM
Skunk...did you read Art's quote? That was Ruark,whom shared in his numerous works very valuable advice. Advice learned from real life experience.

"Use Enough Gun" is one, another is "Always shoot twice".

Good advice be it badgers...leopards...or vermin --regardless of how many legs


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