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Badger badger

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BentMikey, 9 Apr 2008.

  1. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Wooohooo, saw my first badger last night, on the way home at 22.00ish by Leaves Green, just as I was coughing my lungs up after that nasty little hill.
     
  2. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    What, have you never seen a real life badger before? Not even a squished one?
     
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Nope, apart from the dun run and a very few daytime audaxes and other rides, most of my riding has been urban. It's only recently that we moved out to Biggin Hill.

    To be honest, I'm a bit shocked that I was excited to see a badger. My expectations for quality wildlife sightings have certainly dropped since leaving Africa.
     
  4. Slim

    Slim Über Member

    Location:
    Plough Lane
  5. simoncc

    simoncc New Member

    I've only seen one live badger in my whole life, and that was when I was driving through rural Wales in the middle of the night and one ran across the road. I was 17 before I saw a live hedgehog, though I'd seen hundreds squashed on roads before then.
     
  6. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    They're surprisingly big buggers when you see them in real life.
    I must say though on the subject of wildlife - I've only ever seen a live fox once, and that was exciting. Seen a dead one (funnily enough in the middle of the Britannia Bridge!) and was surprised at how big it was, a similar size to a small dog. Must have done some damage to the car that hit it.
     
  7. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    I conclude that the sound of Bentmikey coughing up his lungs is very similar to the mating call of the female badger. Count yourself lucky you weren't indecently assaulted.

    p.s. they're hard to get a confession out of in court, used to being badgered you see.
     
  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Well you soon won't see one in Wales if they pass the ruling to cull them.
     
  9. Old Walrus

    Old Walrus Über Member

    Sadly two dead ones on the route home between Hove and Hassocks.

    Last year one scared the hell out of me as I cycled home about 4am, they are surprisingly nippy and I'm sure I would have come off worse I it hadn't been so fast!
     
  10. Maz

    Maz Guru

    [mexican bandit]
    badgers? BADGERS! We don't need no steeenkin' badgers!!
    [/mexican bandit]
     
  11. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Are you saying you couldn't "take" a badger?
     
  12. Johnny Thin

    Johnny Thin New Member

    Somewhere down the B4116 one night I am sure there was a badger just waiting for me to go past so it could cross the road safely.

    And on the hill before Ashby around midnight last Monday morning two deer bounded across in front of me - they always look white and ghostly, an identical situation to when I was in a car once and we hit one of them at 60mph.
     
  13. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    You definitely couldn't take on a Southern African honey badger, one of the toughest animals on the planet. Nothing fcuks with them, not even lions.
     
  14. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Only ever seen dead ones. Never seen one alive yet.
     
  15. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Saw one a couple of sunday's back down Shire Lane, not far from you, thing is, this one was also roadkill. A big bugger, must have made a nice dent in the car that hit it