Note the dachshound in the video, excitedly standing on the road. By the way, the dachshound breed takes its name from the badger (Dachs – badger in German) and the short legs of the dachshound are bred precisely for getting into the burrows of a badger sett.
Video: Tarmo Pilving
Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 20.08.2016
We met the badger on a beautiful summer Sunday in the afternoon near the Marimetsa bog. Quite by chance: to start with one badger rustled in the grass but when it saw us it fled, and then a second one appeared. The weather was completely calm and the badger came quite close to us. After a cursory acquaintance it trotted back to its burrow nearby again.
Our dachshound Puuk does not understand much of wild animals. We have met with elks, roe deer, foxes and other creatures, he sniffs a little in their tracks, but it seems that Puuk’s preferred stand is to sit quietly in place and inspect.
Sometimes we go to the Marimetsa area, badger tracks we have noticed earlier too, but not a badger itself. This time the badgers were busy quite near the sett that is on one side of the hiking trail.