I was on the phone with my daughter and kept being distracted by a ruckus outside.  “Ruckus” meaning the familiar sound of 3 dogs having something either treed or cornered.

I told her “I’ll call you back. The dogs have something out front. I need to make sure it’s not a cat.” Punishment is swift and severe on this outfit if a dog gets caught harassing a one of my beloved cats.

My second thought was “Please don’t let it be a skunk ….. again”

Not a skunk. Not a cat. Not a raccoon. Not a possum. Not a Porcupine.

Oh my! It’s cutest little baby badger I’ve ever seen.  At least I think it’s a baby. Because I’ve never seen a baby badger before. I want it to be a baby because it’s so cute. I’ve never seen one this close before. Especially never seen one this close while wearing flip-flops and yoga pants and improper undergarments with an iPhone in hand. It must be a baby because she’s not attached to one of my dogs.

And she looks scared.

I learned a lot about badgers today. At least this little badger.

She can puff herself up to look twice her size. Like a porcupine.That’s what I thought she was at first.

She can flatten herself out like a flounder at the bottom of the sea. I never thought she was a flounder.

Or a pancake.

She didn’t seem as quite as pugnacious (sic. bad-ass) as I imagine a full-grown badger to be when facing down three dogs.

  When I told T.H. about it he asked me if “I took care of him”.

I said “Yes.”

I took care of her alright.  I penned the dogs up and let her carry on to become the bad-ass badger she was born to be.

Love,  Cowgirl Red   aka  the Badger-lovin-Cowgirl

P.S. She needs to watch “The Honey Badger” 

P.P.S. I’ve always loved the Badger. I get excited every time I see one. I relate to them. We are kindred spirits. “Growl first, ask questions later.”


  1. Lisa at Greenbow says

    Of course you took care of it the proper way. What was TH thinking? What a cute little thing. Of course I full grown badger wouldn’t have tolerated a few dogs barking at it. It might have thought those flip-flop mounted toes were tasty treats too. 😉

  2. It really is a cutie! Now you have me giggling again with the Honey Badger video!! OMG! This was wasn’t a Honey Badger, I guess. 😉

  3. Aww I love badgers too! I tried to get my hubby to get me a baby badger so I could have a pet badger, but he said no way no how is he going digging in a badger hole to find a baby!