University of Utah researchers captured footage of an American badger burying an entire cow. The American badger is known to store and bury food it finds, but nothing of this size.
The badger stumbled upon the cow carcass. It weighed 50 pounds – about 4x more than the badger. It took about 5 days in all to bury.
Researcher Ethan Frehner was amazed, saying, “It’s a lot of excavation engineering they put into accomplishing this.”
The discovery proves badgers can “cache” big animals. Biologists say this could lead to big benefits for cattle ranchers in the West, as the burial process can stop diseases before they spread.
Video courtesy of Evan R Buechley, The University of Utah.
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