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May 14, 2003 6:39 AM   Subscribe

Bad tempered badger puts five people in hospital: "A quiet corner of rural England was recovering yesterday after a bruising encounter with Boris the badger..." (you may need to login to 'the times': mefi, mefi).
posted by n o i s e s (30 comments total)

 
"Five people were put in hospital and two police officers were sent scurrying for cover after the bad-tempered creature went on a 48-hour rampage through Evesham in Worcestershire..."
posted by n o i s e s at 6:40 AM on May 14, 2003


I haven't read the article, but BBC News was saying this morning that they think it was a pet that someone let loose. So the poor bugger wasn't scared of humans, but was willing to defend it's territory from them. So someone put it down. Aren't humans great...
posted by twine42 at 6:43 AM on May 14, 2003


I'm going to be humming the Who's "Boris the Spider" with new lyrics today.
posted by MrBaliHai at 6:47 AM on May 14, 2003


Badgers? We ain't got no badgers. We don't need no badgers. I don't have to show you any stinkin' badgers!
posted by pmurray63 at 6:47 AM on May 14, 2003


I'll cook a pot roast and put on some soft music.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:49 AM on May 14, 2003


Wow, I bet this makes it onto Annanova!
posted by quonsar at 6:55 AM on May 14, 2003


a sad tale. anybody interested in adopting, protecting or learning more about these wonderful creatures might want to view: http://www.nfbg.org.uk/ (sorry, i can't build links with the 'safari' browser); for an update on one of the poor old buggers who was attacked ("The house is still spattered with blood and there's a bit of arm flesh on the front door. The whole thing has been traumatic.") visit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_news/england/hereford/worcs/3027681.stm
posted by n o i s e s at 7:01 AM on May 14, 2003


Could someone say "BadgerFilter" for me please?

Ehhhhhhh.

:/
posted by ed\26h at 7:09 AM on May 14, 2003


Could someone say "BadgerFilter" for me please?

BadgerFilter for me please. There.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:10 AM on May 14, 2003


Never do this to a family of badgers...
posted by Jughead at 7:19 AM on May 14, 2003


THE BADGER SONG (excerpt, by The Dead Milkmen)-

Get drunk with owls, drop acid with cows
I want to make friends with the badger.
The badger's your friend, make friends with the badger.
The badger's your friend, make friends with the badger.
The badger's your friend!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:19 AM on May 14, 2003


sorry, i can't build links with the 'safari' browser

heh. building links involves putting <a href=" at the beginning of the url, then "> at the end of the url, then some link text followed by a </a>. but yeah, blame the browser!
posted by quonsar at 7:28 AM on May 14, 2003



posted by quonsar at 7:39 AM on May 14, 2003


They've had a hard time figuring out exactly what happened because the witnessess kept complaining they'd been badgered.

Sorry, I just had to...
posted by orange swan at 7:40 AM on May 14, 2003


I em afred we are out of badjurs. Would you accept a wolvereene een es place.
posted by goddam at 8:11 AM on May 14, 2003


more badgery goodness.
posted by quonsar at 8:19 AM on May 14, 2003


thanks quonsar... must. learn. computing. input. operating. buttons.

now, look here people: "If you see someone you think may be digging for badgers, do not approach them but write down their car registration number(s) and immediately call the police or the RSPCA."
posted by n o i s e s at 8:31 AM on May 14, 2003


As the last victim returned from hospital yesterday, after having skin grafts to his legs and an arm, residents described Boris’s arrival as being like a scene from a horror film
A rural hospital that does skin grafts to go? Maybe this Boris is paid by the hospital to ahem scare up business.
posted by DBAPaul at 8:32 AM on May 14, 2003


err, WAS paid. Sniff, poor Boris.
posted by DBAPaul at 8:36 AM on May 14, 2003


I have been to Evesham a few times, pretty, boring and full of old people. / wide brush
'The Evesham accent is wonderful. I have grown up in Evesham but somehow I dont have a local accent. Think of a farmers accent, now think of that farmer being a bit thick, now think of him whining while he speaks! That is the best way to discribe a true evesham accent. The saying that are local are also pretty fab. Local people put the word 'else' on the end of most sentances. Also you may here a young person saying 'that's tight, that is' meaning 'thats unfair'. Words like head may be said as Yud, or perhaps eating being called yuttin.'

May a plague of badgers befall them!
posted by asok at 9:00 AM on May 14, 2003


Sad situation. Wouldn't surprise me if Boris had a bad experience with a human that set him off.

Two police officers. . . were forced to jump on to the bonnet of their patrol car when the snarling animal charged straight at them.

Still, I have to laugh at the image of 2 cops jumping on the hood of their car as a crazed 30# animal comes running at them...
posted by Shane at 9:09 AM on May 14, 2003


El badgerous maximus ferocius, with young. Now they may LOOK cute and cuddly...
posted by Soliloquy at 9:09 AM on May 14, 2003


Bad tempered badger

This is an excellent band name.
posted by Hjorth at 10:08 AM on May 14, 2003


As opposed to say, a good tempered badger putting five people in the hospital... I submit that the temperment of the badger is not only meaningless in this context, but also serves to distract the reader from the true purpose of the headline, namely to warn people that badgers = death, or at the very least badgers = hurt. I rest my case.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:13 AM on May 14, 2003


Heh, was reading on another blog and I liked what they had to say. If this had happened in the South of the US the headline would have read, "Bad Tempered Badger Feeds Family of Five."
posted by Plunge at 10:22 AM on May 14, 2003


it's probably just milhouse.
posted by bluishorange at 10:42 AM on May 14, 2003


If this had happened in the South of the US the headline would have read

"Badger Feeds Bad-Tempered Family of Five"
posted by quonsar at 12:00 PM on May 14, 2003


On the news today they refered to him as a "maverick badger". Does that mean he's badger cop who doesn't go by the book but gets the job done? Maybe they killed the woman he loved and now he's out for revenge.
posted by ciderwoman at 12:06 PM on May 14, 2003


So someone put it down

They took Boris back to his home, or did I miss his ending in the article.
posted by thomcatspike at 4:46 PM on May 14, 2003


This happened just up the road from me (I'm in Gloucester) and was heavily covered in the local media. Badgers can be particularly nasty animals if you corner them - but they won't normally go out of their way to attack people, which is the odd thing here.
posted by prentiz at 3:53 AM on May 15, 2003


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