Scary Badger holds family hostage
30th October 2003
A family in Worcestershire were trapped inside
their house for two hours after a scary, staring badger left them
too frightened to leave.
Dad Michael Youngs tried to scare the badger away by banging a
spade on the ground, but it didn't move.
At one point it even tried to get in, after watching their cat go
through a cat flap, but quick thinking from the family stopped it
It was finally trapped by an expert, who used jam sandwiches to
When 14-year-old Rosalind got home, her dad had to go back
outside and use the spade to keep her safe.
Mr Youngs told a newspaper: "The badger was very spooky.
"It was the stare that really gave me the creeps," he
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|Whilst this story was quite widely reported, the "Newsround"
report shown above wasn't quite the full story!
|In fact the badger was trapped by an expert member of the Worcestershire Badger Society
and taken to a local vet to be checked over. It was found that the badger
had been involved in a road traffic accident and was suffering from what
turned out to be fatal head injuries. The "spooky stare" was
almost certainly the result of a brain injury.