Daily poem 42: Badger

Anyone who knows about my fascination with animal poo will understand how excited I am to discover we have our very own badger toilet, or poo pit 🙂


Badger trundles here, it seems.


We sleep, wind sighs,

the owl hunts, silent as a cold dawn.


Nightfolk pass

beneath the moon,

on night business.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

26 thoughts on “Daily poem 42: Badger”

      1. Actually it was the hedger who flattened two of the toilets with his engine. You wouldn’t know they were there. Saved the badgers having to do it 🙂

    1. I hadn’t any idea either, Peter until I found one. I imagined it would be a scratched out thing like the cats do with a bit of poo in it about the same as cats’ doings. In fact they dig quite a big hole and fill it with unbelievable quantities of poo. I did try to photograph the double toilet up the road but it didn’t come out very well. I don’t have a proper camera just a cheap phone.
      The two pits in the picture filled to overflowing and the badger dug another two next to them.

  1. I love the idea of being out at night to just see what it has to offer! Love your badger pit latrines. Our honey badgers, here in South Africa, display the same behaviour. Apparently they are diurnal in winter. You do realise of course they are rather ferocious animals? I think I’d like to advise you don’t go and pat one on the head when you see one.

    1. They are fierce critters but I don’t think I’d ever get close enough to pat one on the head! I think our badgers would be diurnal too if it wasn’t for people. And I’d be ferocious too if I knew that if I showed my snout some cretin would take a shot at me. Sometimes I do go out, not late, not after midnight anyway, but I admit it, I get scared, it’s so dark and so quiet except for the rustlings and barkings…

      1. My cousin, a zoologist, advised against being out late at night. We’re fairly close to a game reserve here and I’ve heard some very strange sounds (from within the safety of my house) late at night. I do wish the hunting of animals, any hunting of any animals by anyone, be banned forever more.

      2. Me too. The season is closed here but there is still a list as long as your arm of ‘vermin’ that can be shot, gassed, trapped more or less at will. There is a movement to get most of these poor creatures removed from the list as they do no harm to anyone. A badger’s diet is 80% earthworms, a mole it’s 100%, stoats, weasels, polecats and martens eat small rodents and rabbits, I mean where’s the vermin element there?

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