Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Giant badgers terrorize Iraqi port city

Basra historian Reidar Visser has kindly called my attention to this.

AFP reports
BASRA, Iraq (AFP) - The Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a new fear -- a giant badger stalking the streets by night.
The money quote is here:
"If you cornered it and poked it with a stick, then the smart money would be on the badger," warned Gell...


Anonymous Alamet said...

IraqSlogger had more on the badgers last week: Rumors of Strange Creatures Abound in Basrah. I don't think you'd want to get too chummy with them!

6:11 PM  
Blogger badger said...

I didn't see that! This comes as a complete surprise to me.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have two habits that make them particularly scary: First, as they favor honey over other food, their skin is thick and loose to ward off bee stings. So if you try to catch it, it can "turn around" in its own skin and bite you. Second, if cornered, it will try to go for the scrotum; it can't jump very high and consequently they go for the most vulnerable accessible area.

Is that why they call it the "muncher"? Yikes!

anna missed

12:07 AM  
Blogger badger said...

I sense a rush to judgment. Look what has happened in history to the image of the weasel, the pig, the skunk, and so many more fine creatures. Is the badger to be next? Can we not, at length, take a more nuanced view?

5:47 AM  
Blogger dancewater said...

they sound pretty smart to me - not that I would want to be around one...

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Tom Scudder said...

Can't believe I didn't think to check this site on the Badger story until now. I think we need a follow-up.

10:35 PM  

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