Badger (Animal) by Daniel Heath Justice

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By Daniel Heath Justice

Fierce, menacing, and mysterious, badgers have interested people as dwelling animals, summary symbols, or advertisement assets for millions of years—often to their detriment. With their acceptance for made up our minds self-defense, they've been brutalized via hunters and sportsmen, whereas their organization with the mythic underworld has made them idealized symbols of earth-based knowledge and their burrowing behavior have ended in their common persecution as pests. during this hugely illustrated e-book, Daniel Heath Justice offers the 1st international cultural historical past of the badger in over thirty years.

From the long-lasting ecu badger and its North American relations to the African honey badger and Southeast Asian hog badger, Justice considers the badger’s evolution and frequent distribution along its present, often-imperiled prestige through the international. He travels from usual background and lifestyles within the wild to the folklore, legends, and religious ideals that badgers proceed to motivate, whereas additionally exploring their illustration and exploitation in undefined, faith, and the humanities. Tracing the advanced and contradictory ways that this attention-grabbing animal endures, Badger will entice somebody attracted to a deeper knowing of those much-maligned creatures.

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And glands? Mustelids do not have the romantic reputations of carnivores like the big cats, wolves and bears. 19 Predator species tend to evoke strong and often negative human emotions, for reasons ranging from competition for prey and fear of livestock or property 34 destruction to the projection of our own cultural values and fears onto animal behaviour. Indeed, it may be an existential reaction. 20 Certainly, mustelids are well equipped for hunting and killing prey, with keen senses, powerful jaws and claws specialized for breaking bones and rending flesh, and skeletal structures and musculature perfectly suited to the specific qualities of prey and vagaries of habitat.

Although most of its hunchbacked body is grizzled grey-black (sometimes brown, more rarely dusty greywhite and, very occasionally, albino or all black), it is characterized most by its ‘badge’: a bold white stripe stretching up the face from the broad nose to the shoulders, and down the front and sides of the muzzle, neck and chest. When combined with long claws, broad paws, muscular, wedge-shaped form and digging behaviour, the badge distinguishes the Eurasian badger from other regional carnivores.

While the body fur is more brownish-grey or silver than the greyblack of the Eurasian badger, it is the facial marking of Taxidea that is unique: the white stripe down the centre of the dark-furred forehead to the nasal bridge is narrow, stretching backwards to the end of the neck or, in the case of the Mexican subspecies, all the way down its body. White fur stands out by broadly surrounding the ears and extending across the side of the face to the eyes and muzzle, and the cheeks are marked by dark brown to black ‘badges’ surrounded by the white fur of the face, resembling sideburns.

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