Living on the Dorset coast, within easy reach of a wide variety of coastal scenery, it’s also a bonus that my humble terraced abode opens out onto a mix of open grass, loads of shrubs/trees, and (unfortunately on the other side of the bypass… ) the Radipole Lake Bird Sanctuary. Ideal dog territory !
The elderly lady next door has her garden festooned with bird feeders, which also attract a variety of wild animals, as well as some more exotic species from the bird sanctuary. Sadly – often with the odd rogue cat lying in wait for any unsuspecting feeders. My Collie-cross, Ace, is always on the lookout for cats, and is quite good at flushing them out of their hiding places.
So, on one of our (2 a.m.) nocturnal walks this morning, it was no surprise that Ace suddenly shot off into next door’s garden. Seconds later, after some thrashing around, Ace emerged in hot pursuit of not one, but two, very chunky animals. Now I’ve seen most wildlife here from field-mice and voles, thro’ rats/squirrels/hedgehogs/rabbits, up to foxes and the odd deer, and even a small herd of migratory cows looking surreal with just their heads showing above a low ground-mist - but to see Ace in full flight, legging it after TWO BADGERS was really something ! She honestly didn’t know which one to chase… Decisions, decisions, decisions…
They passed just a few feet either side of me, the closest I’ve ever been a live badger – let alone a beautiful pair like that – and I don’t know who was the most surprised – Ace, me or the badgers. Off they went, doing their characteristic ‘high-speed scuttle’, in search of cover – wonderful sight ! Ace, as usual, was more interested in the fun of the chase than doing them any harm – and they can really bite – so it was with some relief that she emerged unscathed from the bushes on command, looking disheveled but with tail wagging furiously… Great fun – she’ll dream about that, more than a few times !
Loads about badgers at badgerland.co.uk