Having seen that the injured badger did not come out of the burrow the first night I left the food for him there, I returned to his sett (the actual name for the network of tunnels dug by badgers to live in) with more food. Because I live a simple life in the woods, I don’t hoard food so I brought only what I could gather in my modest home.
The fact that the badger never showed up was slightly discouraging. but I didn’t let it dampen my enthusiasm. Still, thoughts started to cross my mind that I may have found out he was badly injured too late. It also didn’t help that when I looked up an article on European Badgers (Meles Meles) in Encyclopedia Britannica, it was mentioned there that because of the size of European Badgers, they don’t have many natural predators in the wild, so starvation was the second most common cause of natural death for the animal. After tuberculosis.
The trail camera footage from the second night of my attempts to rescue the animal by bringing it food so he can get fed for the looming winter further showed no sign of the badger. Only that rats continue to have themselves a feast on the food intended for their larger housemate.
In this, third episode of my adventures at the injured badger hole, after refilling the cardboard food box and replacing the memory card in the trail camera, my attention was interrupted by a hustling noise from the nearby bushes. A family of wild board ran out of there, but luckily for me, in the opposite direction. There were a few fat males in the pack so if the group picked on me, this adventure could have turned out much more… interesting to say the least.
The unpleasant feeling that I may have been late to save the injured badger keeps growing stronger in my mind, but I remain adamant to keep coming to the den to check for the signs of the beautiful animal. So far however it doesn’t look very promising. I keep praying for the badger and retain the spark of hope that he makes it alive despite the debilitating injury. Unfortunately, all I’ve achieved so far is feed the woodrats.
YouTube Copyright Violation Notice
Per usual, the compilation of the footage from the trail camera is at the end of the video. I originally made it to the music by Edward Elgar titled Pomp And Circumstance March No1 In D, which is a classical music piece composed in 1901 and therefore 120 years passed since its creation, which means its copyright has expired. But in spite of that, upon uploading the video to YouTube, I got notified that because of this piece of audio, my video violates author’s copyright.
So I deleted the original version from YouTube and uploaded a remade version there, which instead contains an audio of an instrumental guitar solo played live by me in 1996. It is an improvisation to a rock’n’roll backing track played back from an Amiga 2000 computer. Because YouTube gives copyright notices even to classical music, I will cease using classical music and will use the recordings of my own guitar playing from back when I was an active guitar player, even though none are a studio recording so the quality is not quite up to par.
Tomorrow is a new day, and as soon as it dawns, I’ll hit the trail to return to the injured badger hole. I’ll keep you posted with a follow up video. Stay tuned.