A bad­ger break­ing the law!

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My in-laws Lourens and Sarie Baden­horst had an in­ter­est­ing vis­i­tor at their home in Melk­bosstrand near Cape Town ear­lier this year. One morn­ing they woke to find the fridge on their stoep open and plun­dered. The cheeky thief re­turned the fol­low­ing night to see if the fridge had been re­stocked. Their neigh­bours thought it must be a mon­goose, but my wife Esna sus­pected a honey bad­ger due to the strength and in­tel­li­gence of the thief. With the help of the Cape Leop­ard Trust, we set up a cam­era trap and by the fol­low­ing Satur­day we’d iden­ti­fied the cul­prit. The SPCA then helped us put up a cage trap. On the first night the bad­ger tried to reach the bait with­out en­ter­ing the cage, which gave us a chance to take pho­tos. The next night we caught the thief just af­ter mid­night. The bad­ger was set free in the Blou­berg Na­ture Re­serve, but we won’t be sur­prised if it finds its way back to that fridge… WALLIE VAN DER WALT, Cape Town

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