In real life the badger is actually not quite as the creature in the Soviet-time cartoons where it gathered winter stocks for itself wrapped in dotted scarves - mostly larger-than-life unidentified boletes. But the badger is really a voracious creature that loves varied food. The list of animal food of badgers is long – from insects to mammals. The choice of food depends of course on what creatures are in season on the hunting grounds of the badger and how plentiful they are. There is no lack of insects, snails and slugs during the warm period.
Among the animal food mice too go on the menu of the badger, depending on its habitat – in the forest most numerously bank voles, in fields Microtus voles. The badger does not say no to a soft-furred mole either when it pokes its nose out from a soil heap in early night. The favourite protein of badgers concurs with the favourite meal of hedgehogs, earthworms; the badger can if necessary kill the barbed ball itself too and eat it. The badger also checks the nests of ground nesting birds and feasts on the chicks; with luck it even occasionally catches a bird as a more substantial bite.