Each month you will find a new mystery
wildlife picture on this page.
To see if your guess is right, come back next month for the answer!
April 2005. Mystery Picture - A Eurasian Badger Meles
meles feeding at dusk.
Eurasian Badgers are nocturnal mammals but are very
occasionally seen by day. They are members of the weasel family and live in social
groups (called clans) of up to 12 adults in an underground network of passages called a
sett. The setts can occasionally have tunnels hundreds of metres in length and the
largest setts have often been established by many generations of badgers over several
decades. The badgers' favourite food in Britain is the earthworm, but when these are
harder to find during dry periods they will eat a large variety of other foods including
small mammals, insects, fruits and roots. Normally, only one female in each group
will reproduce, with up to three cubs being born during February. Shortly after this
the females come into season again and males travel widely to mate with them. A few
badgers live up to 14 years of age. However, most do not as there is a high
mortality rate, largely due to road deaths. In Britain, badgers are most common in the
Southwest of England, but are rare in East Anglia.
Well done to all the
many people who correctly identified April's Mystery Picture, including Anne Rowe, Peter
Plaisted, the Johnston family, Ashley, Maury Swoveland and Jo Makosinski. Thank you
to all who had a guess.
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