Friday, May 28, 2010

Badger Badger Badger

Sorry about that.

Okay, not really.

We caught the badger.
The Man and I wanted to kill it and be done with it.

But family members were softer hearted than us and insisted that we just relocate him.
So they took him in the trap on a very long drive and let him go.

Then they hugged trees.
Okay, not really.

Ugly little bugger, huh?

Yesterday I was at the farm while our new countertops were being installed and The Baby came running in telling me there was an animal in the trap.

I went to look and guess what... It was another badger.
A suicidal one.
He was dead.

How the heck does a badger die in a cage all by himself?
I've no idea, but he did.

So The Man buried it.
And the kids sang a hymn.
And The Girl laid a flower on it's grave.

For real.

So yeah... this whole farm living thing is setting in hard and fast!
The thing I'm most looking forward to is decorating the new farmhouse.

Will you do me a favor?
Will you go to my friend Sarah's blog and leave a comment that just says "Badger"?

Pretty please? I'll love you forever.
We have a running badger joke and I know it won't take her long to figure out where you're all coming from.

Plus her blog is stinking awesome and you'll be hooked from now on.

I promise to stop posting pictures of rodents soon.

Okay, not really.

Update: I was wrong!! Donna correctly pointed out in the comments that this is a woodchuck, not a badger.

We actually debated it, as a family, when we first caught him in the cage.
Some family members insisted it was a badger.
Others thought it wasn't, but didn't know what it was.

Thank you Donna for clearing up the mystery for us!!
There's still talk of badger sightings on our property (from people more knowledgeable than our non-farm family...) So we immediately assumed that this was him.
Now we know!
And we'll be on the lookout for the real deal.

You guys, he was HUGE! Websites say groundhogs are up to 14 lbs. or so and this puppy was way bigger than that! And the second one (the dead one) was even bigger. ?? Weird.

p.s. No, I didn't edit out the bar in front of his face.
He had it in his mouth, trying to chew through!
He'd stand up on his back legs, grab ahold of the cage like that and shake it back and forth.


Anonymous said...

Too funny. I hope they took the badger VERY far away..... :)

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

He doesn't look very happy does he? I'm glad you managed to trap the badger though. Hopefully he didn't tell any friends how nice it was to live there....

amy d said...

maybe he died of a broken heart...since you kidnapped his soul mate :)

Beki - TheRustedChain said...


Tara said...

good luck the farm darlin'...
but really i'm so envious!!

woolies said...

Mr Badger is adorable. Look at how smart he is. I want one. Maybe I'll knit one.

Kerrie said...

I'm waiting for the mushrooms and snakes post now! :-D

Sara said...

ok...did you photoshop the metal bar out of that picture so we could really see his nasty face?
or did he BITE through it?
or maybe it was just missing....
either way, I am glad he is far away, and that his relative is gone, too...
they are yucky!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Honey, I hate to take issue with your posts about this critter, but as one who hails from Wisconsin, The Badger State, I have to tell you that your animal is a woodchuck.

They're a nuisance, but not as mean and scary as a badger, to be sure.

Here's a link to a woodchuck (also known as a groundhog):

And another for a badger:

I certainly don't mean to take issue with your identification, but you might be able to understand my confusion from looking at your photos.

Either way, I'm glad you've rid your barn of this inhabitant and hope they don't bother you again.

Happy Holiday Weekend.

Erica said...

oh my gosh is a badger what was in our windowsill? i just posted pics on my blog! ha! they look similar. i'm glad you caught this mischievous little guy!

Wendy said...

Okay, I thought I was losing my marbles for a minute there thinking I didn't know what a badger looked like. Phew! It was YOU who was losing their marbles! ;o)

You know, you could have held on to the little guy until next Feb. and had your very own Groundhog's Day festival. Bummer.

Country Girl said...

Ya, I saw your title Badger and then the picture popped up, so I thought your title was just teasing us! If you think this guy is ugly, just wait until there is an actual badger in your trap! Yikes! They are mean little suckers!

Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Oh you are going to get it and get it GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!

I have had a ton of spam over the past two days, and I was reading the comments thinking, what. in. the. HECK? Now there's BADGER spam???

And it only took me about 20 seconds to figure it out. Or maybe two minutes. I'm smart.

You made me laugh SO FREAKING HARD and I love you so much!

I hope you have lovely dreams about badgers/woodchucks/moles/groundhogs/whatever-the-heck-they-are tonight.

Julie Harward said...

I didn't think it looked like a badger..and plus they are mean and this little guy does not look so mean! Too bad he dies but nice of you guys to give him a funeral!
I can't wait to see your new place!!! Come say hi :D

Susan R said...

This is most definitely NOT a badger. It's kind of cute little guy though. Could be gopher, but not badger. The fact that you have two means you probably have more. What ever happened to Mr. Skunk? Did he relocate? In this case you would want a badger, he would keep the skunks away, but they are mean and dangerous, so maybe not.

Sunny Sue said...

Look! It's Punxsutawney Phil!

Was that LONG DRIVE all the way back to PA?

Kim, USA said...

Hmmmm Mr. Woodchuck up close and personal!! Mr Woodchuck is my number 1 enemy because he ate all my veggies last year!! Happy weekend!

The barn

Allen and Debby Graber said...

You'll have to "google" badger to see what they really look like. That picture is too cute a guy. A badger chased my husband once when he got off the tractor in the middle of the field. He had to run and jump on the tractor to keep from being mauled.

Lisa said...

Great post! I would have never known the difference!! I am not up on them. Only if it a Beaver as you can tell by the tail. My favorite too! ;) Hope you don't have too many more!
Hugs, Lisa

Chad and Jody said...

That is the cutest thing.
Good thing it's on your property because I'd have to train it, and feed it and keep it as a pet.

Jeanne Oliver said...

Ok...seriously....some things need to die!!!!

Christina-fivewalkers said...

Crazy. And it makes me think of The Chronicles of Narnia. Except they were Beavers. But you have woodchucks. Are they all related?
Just kidding. :)

Martha said...

this was a riot....laughing out loud...the picture with the cage is his mouth...holy cow he wanted out!!!

Blondiensc said...

Hilarious...that little stinker is just really ugly...those teeth, those nails, eekk, is this really what farm life is all about? I thought it was more chickens and goats?? :)