Friday mystery object #121 answer


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, WillNeil, 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.

A female American Badger about four years old at the Oxbow Zollman Zoo in Olmsted County, Minnesota. By Jonathunder

A female American Badger about four years old at the Oxbow Zollman Zoo in Olmsted County, Minnesota. By Jonathunder

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.

Go Badger!

2 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #121 answer

  1. I love that bear/badger encounter from a Live Channel Production. Just want to point out the badger and bear must have been playing and both were good friends of the guy who took the video. I don’t know this for sure, but from what the videographer revealed the above seems to be the only explanation for how a guy with a camera could have been walking so close to both those animals who seemed so focused on each other without either of the animals ever looking at the videographer standing right next to them. -Steve Garber

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