April 06, 2017

Caught on tape: Badger buries big meal

Thomas Quine, Wikimedia Commons

Apparently badgers make good undertakers. Scientists have the tape to prove it.

According to a recent article in The New York Times, it took a 16-pound badger 4 days to bury a 50-pound calf carcass.

An e-newsletter summary from SmartBrief states that researchers from the University of Utah’s Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab laid out several calf carcasses to study the scavenging behavior of badgers and “were amazed to see the lone badger bury its prize over four days when they reviewed video from a camera trap.”

Watch a video of the badger.

Photo source: Thomas Quine, Wikimedia Commons