Latin name: Taxus
Other names: Brock, Daxus, Melo
A dirty beast that bites
Badgers work together to dig their holes in the mountains. One will lie down at the entrance to the hole, holding a stick in its mouth, while the others pile earth on its belly. Two badgers take hold of the stick with their mouths and drag the loaded badger away.
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Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 8, 57): The badger protects itself from blows by inflating and distending its skin.
The usual illustration shows a beaver lying on its back, with two others gripping the stick in its mouth, while others dig the hole and pile up dirt.