Posted by the Animal of the Year team in Estonian on 26.11.2016
A video of the Latvian badgers, from spring to the All Souls time 2016. It is especially nice to see at the end of the video the badger on the doorstep of his burrow on St Martin’s day this year. The snow keeps falling, the badger sits calmly and does not even think of creeping into the burrow. We also see in the video, in addition to the four badgers, hazel grouse, raccoon dogs, a wolf and other animals. The video is recorded in the Mežaparks ground, with 9 cameras at three setts.
The Latvians had badger cameras of their own in honour of the Badger Year, only they were not accessible in direct streaming mode to a large public as the RMK badger camera in Estonia. The aim of the Latvians was to collect information about the behaviour of the badgers and to investigate their family hierarchy but since the results have not yet been analyzed we will only watch the Latvian film with video cuts to start with.
One thing that did not leave our southern neighbours peace of mind was the observation that the badgers were mating several times in camera view in spring as well as summer, but no cubs have been born. Because of this filming next spring and summer at the same sett has been planned to see if the cubs perhaps will be born then. The ability of badgers to suspend pregnancy is known.
As a festive end to the Year of the Badger Latvian nature man Vilnis Skuja set up this nice video from the best video cuts. It was shown last week at the Latvian Museum of Natural History at an event dedicated to the Animal of the Year.