Badger stories: Encounter on a forest path

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 12.11.2016 - 13:52
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In November the badger is settling down to winter sleep, some animals are already asleep, comfortably fattened up. But we would like to remind once more of the badger’s doings in spring when he is a quite slim creature and actively looking for food. In the photo the badger pads along a forest path in early spring until he notices the human, whom he inspects for a moment, then calmly leaves. Until meetings in spring!
Author of photo: Kristiina Tohv

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 09.11.2016

On April 4th this year when I was driving home on a beautiful afternoon, I noted a nice sunset, and since I always have my camera with me I decided to turn off from my home road and stop to photograph the sunset. As it happened, the sun had already dropped behind the forest when I found the right place for taking a photo. But I still did not return to the car but decided to take a little walk in the forest. It was past eight o’clock, dusk was falling, there was no wind in the forest, no noises. Then suddenly I noticed a large shape coming towards me along the forest path, nose turned down. It was a badger! When I recovered from the first shock I crouched down and took a photo. At that moment the badger saw me too. The distance between us was very small, but it had simply not noticed me. It stopped for a moment, inspected me from afar and then lumbered into the forest. This meeting was so special and wonderful.
From time to time I have walked in the same forest again, maybe I would succeed in meeting a badger again and I have tried to find tracks too but up to now without any luck. This particular  encounter however made me read more about badgers and  their way of life. Now I can also follow the doings of badgers on the home page of the Animal of the Year which is particularly nice.

Kristiina Tohv

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