Badger wanders into home, eats cat food, naps on cat bed

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 19, 2017 at 11:54 AM
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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Scotland were called to a home where a badger had climbed in through a cat door, eaten the feline's food and settled in for a nap in its bed.

The Scottish SPCA said rescuers responded to the home in the Beecraigs Country Park area of Linlithgow on Wednesday on a report of a badger in the house.

"I got a surprise when I arrived at the property and saw a badger having a nap!" SPCA Animal Rescue Officer Connie O'Neil said. "He had gotten in through the cat flap and had eaten all the cat food before going for a sleep on the cat bed.

"He didn't seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was able to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was open so made a run for it!" O'Neil said.

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said it was an unusual call.

"It is highly unusual for a wild badger to enter a house and we would urge anyone to immediately contact our animal helpline ... should they find one in an unusual place," Flynn said. "Like all wild animals badgers can be aggressive when injured or cornered so we would advise not to go near or touch them without giving us a call first."

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