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BADGER-SIZED MAMMAL

Observed: 14th February 2007 By: markogilvie
Badger? Tilston Feb 07 Image001
Badger? Tilston Feb 07 Image002
Badger? Tilston Feb 07 Image003
Description:

I came across this animal lying dead on the verge on the side of the road just outside Tilston in Cheshire, about 6 years ago. I've always wondered what it was - anybody know?
You can't really scale it from my photos, but I think it was around the size of a small dog.
Was it a badger? Colouring looks all wrong, but maybe that's just juvenile colouring?
Over to you!

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Mydaea's picture

It looks like the erythristic

It looks like the erythristic form lacking the usual intensity of black pigment, but not as extremely as albinistic forms.

Alurophile's picture

Identification

It looks like a UK Badger but its fur looks strange & its colouring is odd. Size would help, although it certainly has a juvenile appearance. Why don't you post your photo & enquiry on the Natural History Museum website at:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/identification/all-animal-life

You can be sure then that a mammal expert will look at it & perhaps explain its appearance. Any other details such as size, time of year, geographic location etc will help them, as would any further photos.