Badger
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Source: British Library - Collect Britain Copyright Copyright 2004 British Library / Used by permission Manuscript description British Library, Harley MS 4751, Folio 30r


 

Badger

Latin name: Taxus

Other names: Brock, Daxus, Melo

A dirty beast that bites

 

 
General Attributes

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.


Sources (chronological order)

Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 8, 57): The badger protects itself from blows by inflating and distending its skin.


Illustration

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.


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