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Daveski
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Meles meles, please do inform me
Why you dig up my lawn?

Your nocturnal sorties are driving me barmy
When I rise on the morn.

Yet I’ve never seen you, or ever heard you
When you invade my space.

Around since the Pleistocene, you burrowing bawsons
Your enterprise is such a disgrace.




Meles meles is the Latin name for the European Badger. 'Bawson' is an old dialect word for a badger.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 2:59:11 AM

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Daveski
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:



That's them alright! Book 'em Danno ....
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Daveski
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:34:34 AM
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A shifty looking cat if ever I saw one.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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You can always deal with Meles meles, but never mess up with its cousin Mephitis mephitis ;-)
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:22:48 PM
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I had to look this guy up to find out more . . . a European badger that is listed as of "Least Concern" on the conservation list. I guess there must be a good reason they've continued to stay around since the Pleistocene period! JJ, I can't imagine walking out in the middle of the night to find such a sight!
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Taxidea Taxus, the American (broad sense) badger.



Daveski
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Listening . . . wrote:
I had to look this guy up to find out more . . . a European badger that is listed as of "Least Concern" on the conservation list. I guess there must be a good reason they've continued to stay around since the Pleistocene period! JJ, I can't imagine walking out in the middle of the night to find such a sight!


They keep leaving holes in my lawn. I dunno what they're looking for.
Daveski
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RuthP wrote:
Taxidea Taxus, the American (broad sense) badger.





Isn't that a polecat?
Listening . . .
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 4:13:49 PM
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Daveski wrote:
Listening . . . wrote:
I had to look this guy up to find out more . . . a European badger that is listed as of "Least Concern" on the conservation list. I guess there must be a good reason they've continued to stay around since the Pleistocene period! JJ, I can't imagine walking out in the middle of the night to find such a sight!


They keep leaving holes in my lawn. I dunno what they're looking for.


Apparently, they are quite social. My guess is that the word has gotten around that the party is at your house while you're at the pub. Dancing (The holes are the opening up of the "buffet"!)
Daveski
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 5:30:39 PM
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Listening . . . wrote:
Daveski wrote:
Listening . . . wrote:
I had to look this guy up to find out more . . . a European badger that is listed as of "Least Concern" on the conservation list. I guess there must be a good reason they've continued to stay around since the Pleistocene period! JJ, I can't imagine walking out in the middle of the night to find such a sight!


They keep leaving holes in my lawn. I dunno what they're looking for.


Apparently, they are quite social. My guess is that the word has gotten around that the party is at your house while you're at the pub. Dancing (The holes are the opening up of the "buffet"!)


Quite social? These guys eat cats & joyride cars! The government want to cull them. I'd just love to catch them in the act.
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Well. Ok, then. Anxious
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Daveski wrote:

Isn't that a polecat?


A "polecat" is an informal name for Mephitis mephitis, aka "skunk".

The markings are similar at first glance, but a closer look shows the conformation (overall body shape), typical adult size, and temperament to be very different.

Daveski
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leonAzul wrote:
Daveski wrote:

Isn't that a polecat?


A "polecat" is an informal name for Mephitis mephitis, aka "skunk".

The markings are similar at first glance, but a closer look shows the conformation (overall body shape), typical adult size, and temperament to be very different.



Oh right, thanks. So what's a raccoon then?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Raccoon is a Procyonid.
(in Finnish we call them "half-bears" ;-)
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Daveski wrote:
RuthP wrote:
Taxidea Taxus, the American (broad sense) badger.

**SNIP** (Don't need three copies of the pics


Isn't that a polecat?

No. Polecat is a rather indeterminate term. In Europe, it refers to this guy, Mustela putorius who does, I admit, have a face a bit like Taxidea taxus.


In the U.S., 'polecat' is almost always used to refer to any of several skunk species. Apparently there are some who use it with the black-footed ferret, which would (I think, but am not sure) be closer to your European polecat.

At any rate, U.S. badger vs. polecat (skunk):


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I wasn't aware that there were polecats in Europe. If we have them, we must call them something else.
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Ferrets or martens, I believe.
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excaelis wrote:
Ferrets or martens, I believe.


I thought that the mink ate all of them.
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Raccoon is a Procyonid.
(in Finnish we call them "half-bears" ;-)


You have raccoons in Finland?
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All except Shredni Vashtar, The Great Polecat Ferret !





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Daveski wrote:
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Raccoon is a Procyonid.
(in Finnish we call them "half-bears" ;-)


You have raccoons in Finland?


Only in the zoo. But we have a Finnish name for the family Procyonidae, puolikarhut.
And we have more than enough whole bears here.
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Daveski wrote:
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Raccoon is a Procyonid.
(in Finnish we call them "half-bears" ;-)


You have raccoons in Finland?


Only in the zoo. But we have a Finnish name for the family Procyonidae, puolikarhut.
And we have more than enough whole bears here.


We used to have bears. I think that the mink ate them too.
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excaelis wrote:
All except Shredni Vashtar, The Great Polecat Ferret !





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The mink would eat him too.
excaelis
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I wish the mink would eat boa.
Daveski
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excaelis wrote:
I wish the mink would eat boa.


I wish they'd eat David Cameron.
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:33:52 PM

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Perhaps mink don't eat invertebrates ?
Daveski
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excaelis wrote:
Perhaps mink don't eat invertebrates ?


That's a point. I'm hoping they'll at least attempt to eat the spineless jellyfish aka Nick Clegg.
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That could be a jellyfish, maybe....


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And that one got Putin...




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Daveski
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excaelis wrote:
And that one got Putin...




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I'm pretty sure Putins are poisonous.
Daveski
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excaelis wrote:
That could be a jellyfish, maybe....




If it's wobbling & talking out of its arse it could be a Clegg.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Are you after a political career, Dave?
Then beware the badgers ;-)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1424188/Moments-of-madness-that-ruined-Ron-Davies.html
Daveski
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Are you after a political career, Dave?
Then beware the badgers ;-)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1424188/Moments-of-madness-that-ruined-Ron-Davies.html


I wouldn't believe everything you read in the Telegraph. It has about the same grasp of veracity as the Daily Mail & the Beano.

Besides, I'm only assuming it is badgers digging up my lawn. I've never actually seen them. Maybe it's huge hedgehogs. It could even be huge trolls.
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