Badger makes hay

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 16.09.2016 - 10:23
mägra heinakuhil
The master of the badger sett dries hay here.
Photo: Remek Meel

Posted by the Animal of the Year team 03.09.2016 

In the course of the badger monitoring Remek Meel came across the badgers’ haymaking. “The badger goes to the ditch verge, grabs a good amount of hay and then shapes  it into a ball or rather a flattish shape,” Remek tells us. “While the badger in spring carries withered grass into the burrow then towards the end of summer it starts to prepare carefully for a comfortable winter and makes hay. But the clever creature does not carry undried material into the sett but lets the hay balls dry after the haymaking. Remek Meel noticed several hay balls at the Sõmerpalu sett this summer during the badger monitoring and photographed one. “They were well made, easily recognizable if you know to look for them,”Remek comments.


sõmerpalu linnak
Sõmerpalu has an imposing badger sett where preparations for winter are busily carried out.
Photo: Remek Meel


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