Did you know the badger was once voted German animal of the year?


Badgers in Germany are the same kind of animal as badgers in the UK. They have lots of space to live in Germany’s many forests and open countryside.

Badgers live underground in burrows, which they dig with all four feet, using their long sharp claws. Sometimes they also share their burrows with foxes!

The badger is an omnivore, that means it eats squirrels, mice, insects, as well as roots and fruit. They usually feed at night, and rest during the day in their burrows.

Did you know …?

  • Badgers can survive up to three months without any food.
  • A badger can dig faster than a person with a shovel.
  • Badgers are a member of the weasel family.
  • They can run up to 25-30 kilometres per hour!
  • The German dog breed Dachshund actually means ‘badger dog’. Originally, they were used to hunt badgers.

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