Apologies for the late posting and brevity of the FMO answer today, I’m not feeling at all well.
On Friday I gave you something a bit more ‘taxing’ than the previous week’s mystery object:
Some of you spotted the clue hidden in my statement and Bubba, Carlos, Will, Neil, henstidgesj and Julie Doyle all implied or identified that this as the skull of an American Badger Taxidea taxus Waterhouse, 1839.
These mustelids are fairly large (up to 9kg) and powerfully built for digging. They mostly hunt rodents or anything that lives in a burrow, although they will eats seeds and fungi as well.
Despite sharing their habitat with several large predators like Wolves and Brown Bears, Badgers are seldom hunted by these animals thanks to their aggressive tendencies.