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Oh NO, Rosie Roo!

Pp let Rosie out into the garden for her late-night pee.  20 seconds later I hear barking growling and snarling in the garden, but by the time I had got over there, there was silence, and before I could find some shoes, she came hurtling back in again, with a cut on her nose and smelling VERY STRONGLY of some animal musk.

It doesn't smell like fox, so after some thought, I conclude that Rosie has probably encountered a badger in the garden.  Thank goodness she got away with only a cut.

Go AWAY badgers!   Rabbits in the garden I can tolerate, but I draw the line at carnivores with honking big claws. 


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8th Feb, 2017 07:23 (UTC)
Phew. Thank heavens she got off so lightly...

You really don't want to tangle with the badger-folk, Rosie.
8th Feb, 2017 18:29 (UTC)
Her nose is a bit swollen today. I'm hoping it will subside overnight and we won't have to do vet visits...
8th Feb, 2017 08:40 (UTC)
Poor Rosie! I'm glad it wasn't any worse.

I have never seen a badger except for once in a zoo. The encounter you describe is strangely at odds with my image of stern but kindly Mr. Badger in his down-at- heel slippers and whose bed linen smells beautifully of lavender.
8th Feb, 2017 18:29 (UTC)
This sort of badger is definitely a much less civilised sort of chap!
8th Feb, 2017 15:01 (UTC)
Poor Rosie! I hope she is not too unsettled by this? :-(
8th Feb, 2017 18:31 (UTC)
Oh, this is the kind of thing she takes very much in her stride. Hunting injuries are expected by the Rosie Roo, and she runs through them: the terror produced by a falling pencil (or goat) is what really gets to her!

I think it's that she doesn't handle life well outside of her own very strict parameters. My lurcher rescue contact thinks she was probably born and brought up for her first few months in a shed with very little contact with people or dogs other than her own family :-/
8th Feb, 2017 18:44 (UTC)
I may not be able to offer much protection from badgers... but pencils, I can do! :D
8th Feb, 2017 15:51 (UTC)
carnivores with honking big claws

What about Henning? :)

Poor Rosie - I hope the badger also has a scratch on its nose!
8th Feb, 2017 18:32 (UTC)
That IS a valid point. Henning is also terrifying! But badger claws are even bigger!
8th Feb, 2017 17:30 (UTC)
Oh Rosie!! Dogs never do learn to leave badgers alone.

Meles meles, the Eurasian badger, is a member of family Mustelidae and as such is characteristically grumpy*. They are primarily vermivores--their favorite food being earthworms--but are generally omnivorous, and will eat anything small enough that they can catch, including over 30 types of fruit including blackberries and strawberries. They are nocturnal with peak activity periods during dusk and dawn.

*Most members of family Mustelidae are cranky to various degrees. Otters, for instance, are nature's most adorable assholes.
8th Feb, 2017 18:35 (UTC)
Brythen is much more sensible about them, and doesn't get close enough to get thwacked. But Rosie has the sense of a small jelly-baby, honestly. To start with, I thought that she didn't work things out very well because she was scared all the time. But by now, I have rather come to the conclusion that as well as that, she is also just not very bright.

Poor Rosie. At least she's good-looking!
9th Feb, 2017 20:45 (UTC)
They can't all be geniuses. Which is probably a good thing, because then they'd start working together to open doors and cupboards and treat canisters.

My sister once lived with a Shepherd/??? mix who was very friendly and loving, but was regularly outsmarted by...pretty much everything, including furniture, trees, and other inanimate objects. The prevailing theory was oxygen deprivation due to Digger having spent her puppyhood at the bottom of the pile of her siblings.
10th Feb, 2017 09:29 (UTC)
Gosh, you'd expect a Shepherd X to be bright, too. I suppose if it's an actual disability any animal could be affected...

Oh god, the opening of the doors. Lurchers are often so very good at it. Brythen can do them, but fortunately is not very food-motivated, so he mostly uses his skills for when he fancies popping out for a pee, which in the summer is quite handy. Sadly we have been unable to persuade him to learn to close the door after himself, so in the winter it can get a bit chilly!
10th Feb, 2017 18:11 (UTC)
None of my cats can open any sort of door. I am regularly thankful for this.
9th Feb, 2017 02:22 (UTC)
Oh dear, I hope that she will be OK. I am told that badgers are very fierce.

Our late senior cat in his declining years came running back in with a sore eye. The scary part was that the vet just said casually, "Oh yes, cobra; usually it's dogs". Dogs will apparently attack a cobra, and get actually bitten, whereas cats will usually back off. Cobras are notoriously cranky too, and the ones around this region spit.

He was OK after antibiotics and everything, and didn't lose the eye, so we think it was just a baby, and he must have basically tripped over it and been spat at, being absent-minded at the best of times and more so as he aged.
10th Feb, 2017 09:26 (UTC)
Cobras! D-: I suppose that cobras and cats both like the same sort of quiet sunny spots...

Fortunately it looks like the badger-scratch has healed nicely, it swole up a bit but has gone down again now.

I am now going out into the garden before the dogs and announcing "Badgers! Dogs are coming!" Which probably sounds a bit mad at midnight but hey.

10th Feb, 2017 18:03 (UTC)
I see it as similar to the practice of hikers wearing a bell to alert large predators (such as bears and mountain lions) to their presence, to avoid unpleasant surprises.
13th Feb, 2017 03:52 (UTC)
We think it happened near the compost heaps, which are nice and warm and good places for them to lay their eggs...

I'm glad she's better! Actually going out and shouting is not mad at all. It makes perfect sense to give warning for anything that might not want to meet you. I am told that Australians are taught to walk very heavily in overgrown areas, to let snakes know that they are coming (also presumably to announce that they are too big to be useful prey).

Edited at 2017-02-13 03:54 (UTC)
9th Feb, 2017 21:03 (UTC)
Oh no! Rosie! D:
10th Feb, 2017 09:30 (UTC)
I know! She has no common sense! I wish I thought the experience might have taught her discretion, but I bet it hasn't.
10th Feb, 2017 21:47 (UTC)
Rosie and discretion do not mix.
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