Saturday, 9 February 2013

Albino Bob

The underkeeper caught an albino badger!

We've been using these cage traps to catch foxes. Mike calls the traps unpaid underkeepers. They're on duty even when we're asleep.

The benefit of these cage-style traps is that it's easy to release any unintended captives. Badgers are definitely on that list. They are a protected species in Britain.

This is what a non-albino badger looks like -

This is our albino specimen -

Everything needs a name, so I christened him Albino Bob.

We appreciated seeing the unique, if temporary, visitor to the trap. The badger was not so appreciative of the experience. I didn't want to stress Bob so I quickly took these few photos, and Ian opened the door to let him go.

Bob didn't hang around. You can just see his bottom as he lopes off, headed for the woods -

Bye, Albino Bob.
I like knowing he's around. I hope I bump into him again, though I bet the feeling isn't mutual.

1 comment:

Poppy Cottage said...

Wow! That is amazing. Isn't nature a truly amazing thing. Hope all is well with you.