LONDON (Reuters) – An angry domesticated badger savaged five people, leaving one man so seriously injured he needed skin grafts, and chased away pursuing police officers during a 48-hour rampage through a quiet English town.
One-year-old Boris launched what experts described as unprecedented attacks after finding himself hungry, alone and frightened after being stolen or released from a wildlife visitor center where he had been hand-reared and hand-fed.
“I have been involved with badgers for 24 years and I have never heard of anything like this, nor has anyone I have spoken to,” Mike Weaver, chairman of the Worcestershire Badger Society told Reuters on Tuesday.
Weaver was brought in by police to catch Boris, who had bitten the five victims’ arms and legs after getting loose near Evesham, Worcestershire, in central England.
The officers themselves had been chased onto the bonnet of their car as they tried to round up Boris, who was later put down.
Weaver said badgers were notoriously powerful animals and the incident showed the folly of trying to turn wild animals into pets.
I just had to post this. Why would anyone want to domesticate a badger…