The long anticipated happy event has arrived. A couple of nights ago a baby badger has emerged above ground (it will be 9 to 10 weeks old) and we have been enjoying wonderful video footage of the three of them together.
This little badger is adorably wobbly on its feet and is being carefully watched over by its very attentive parents.
Last night, the two parents climbed up the hill towards the camera and eventually the baby came up to join them, although it had a lot of trouble getting back down again.
There is a band of white around the neck of the young one that looks awfully like its wearing a collar. Is it alright? Is there something caught round its neck?
There is so much to worry about – what are the chances of this little one becoming an adult badger? If it does, then what happens next? It will have to leave at some point. Reading up on badger dispersal and it seems that there is a swapping of adult badgers between adjoining setts to ensure a mixing up of the gene pool which doesn’t sound too bad, but these are all worries for the future.
For now, this baby badger is being completely fed on mothers milk. From about 12 weeks old, the mother starts to withdraw the milk and takes the baby out and about with her to show it how to forage for food.
We can look forward to these outings being captured on the other cameras that we have set up over the next few weeks.