Posted by the Animal of the Year team
Tuesday night at 22:02. The badger sniffs the air carefully at the entrance before leaving, and only then chooses the path, depending on the wind direction so that smells reach its nose better. Badgers have a very good sense of smell.
Video clip recorded by Fleur from the badger camera forum.
When watching the badger camera now chances are good to catch the inhabitants of the sett when they leave the burrow. In the weeks in between the animals were often not visible, who knows where they strayed or from which opening they went out – there are after all 15 entrances in the sett – but now it is quite probable that in the evenings from 8 o’clock until dark a badger can be seen in the camera. Or even two badgers – how many actually live there is not known. We have seen two but maybe there are more. It is difficult to tell the difference between badgers – they lack individual fur patterns, and the male and female are quite similar. ”However, when you meet an old male, its broad face is recognizable”, badger researcher Tiit Hunt knows. “The young badgers start reaching the measures of adult animals soon too and distinguishing them from the parents will be difficult.”
We will come back to the question of which path the badger chooses on leaving the sett in the evening.