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British blamed for Basra badgers
BBC ^ | 12 July, 2007

Posted on 07/12/2007 10:46:29 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy

British forces have denied rumours that they released a plague of ferocious badgers into the Iraqi city of Basra.

Word spread among the populace that UK troops had introduced strange man-eating, bear-like beasts into the area to sow panic. But several of the creatures, caught and killed by local farmers, have been identified by experts as honey badgers.

The rumours spread because the animals had appeared near the British base at Basra airport. UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said:

"We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.

"We have been told these are indigenous nocturnal carnivores that don't attack humans unless cornered."

The director of Basra's veterinary hospital, Mushtaq Abdul-Mahdi, has inspected several of the animals' corpses. He told the AFP news agency: "These appeared before the fall of the regime in 1986. They are known locally as Al-Girta.

"Talk that this animal was brought by the British forces is incorrect and unscientific."

Dr Ghazi Yaqub Azzam, deputy dean of Basra's veterinary college, speculated that the badgers were being driven towards the city because of flooding in marshland north of Basra. But the assurances did little to convince some members of the public.

One housewife, Suad Hassan, 30, claimed she had been attacked by one of the badgers as she slept.

"My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer," she said. "It is the size of a dog but his head is like a monkey," she told AFP.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: badger; basra; britain; maneatingbeast; search; tenthposting
THE HONEY BADGER, also known as a ratel, is a large, sharp-clawed mammal. At around 100cm (39in) long it is slightly bigger than its British woodland cousin. Capable of taking on a cobra, the animal weighs up to 14kg (30lb). Its Latin name is melivora capensis, and it is indigenous to Africa and the Middle East.
1 posted on 07/12/2007 10:46:30 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy
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To: ScaniaBoy

I HAVE read in other places that these will attack humans, and that they do not need to be cornered to do it.


2 posted on 07/12/2007 10:48:48 AM PDT by jeddavis
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To: ScaniaBoy

Man-eating badgers. I’m sure someone in Langley is giving this some consideration right now.


3 posted on 07/12/2007 10:49:04 AM PDT by PeterFinn (Build the border fence and build it NOW!!!!!!)
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To: ScaniaBoy

“As swift as a deer with the head of a monkey” ... the West is about 500 years or so ahead of Islamic “civilization”.


4 posted on 07/12/2007 10:49:08 AM PDT by ikka
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To: ScaniaBoy

Not more badgers?!!!!


5 posted on 07/12/2007 10:49:24 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A man who will not defend himself does not deserve to be defended by others.)
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To: ScaniaBoy; All
Word spread among the populace that UK troops had introduced strange man-eating, bear-like beasts into the area to sow panic.

The notorious ManBearSow.

6 posted on 07/12/2007 10:49:46 AM PDT by dighton
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To: ScaniaBoy

Never underestimate oriental superstition and conspiracy thinking. The more absurd the theory the more will believe it.
Seems to be a liberal trait aswell.


7 posted on 07/12/2007 10:49:50 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: ScaniaBoy
Badgers? We don't need no steenkin' badgers!

8 posted on 07/12/2007 10:50:06 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ikka
“As swift as a deer with the head of a monkey”

Let's turn this into a reverse caption thread.

9 posted on 07/12/2007 10:50:14 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A man who will not defend himself does not deserve to be defended by others.)
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To: ScaniaBoy

10 posted on 07/12/2007 10:51:54 AM PDT by MrEdd (L. Ron Gore creator of "Fry-n-tology" the global warming religion.)
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To: PeterFinn
The (honey badger)l is among the fiercest hunters of the desert, with prey including earthworms, termites, scorpions, porcupines, hares, and even larger prey such as tortoises, crocodiles up to one metre in size, and snakes (including pythons and venomous species).[1] Its ferocious reputation extends to attacks on animals much larger than itself. Several African tribes report that the honey badger attacks the scrotum of larger mammals if provoked and has even castrated humans.[citation needed]
11 posted on 07/12/2007 10:52:47 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Live Earth: Pretend to Care)
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To: ScaniaBoy
We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.

Yeah right. The British Tank-Badger has been used in low-level urban conflicts ever since Suez.

12 posted on 07/12/2007 10:53:23 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Jeff Chandler
Not more badgers?!!!!

Have I missed a previous thread???

I was so certain this was absolutely unique.....

:-)

13 posted on 07/12/2007 10:54:45 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ikka
the West is about 500 years or so ahead of Islamic “civilization”.

You're being too generous. I would have said a thousand.
14 posted on 07/12/2007 10:54:51 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Press 1 for English, press 2 for deport)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Badgers??! We don’t need no stinking badgers!

Badgers are about the only animal a grizzly bear will run FROM. Freak’n mean spirited, foul tempered, all teeth and attitude.

Was Hillary visiting or something?


15 posted on 07/12/2007 10:55:16 AM PDT by mad puppy (I'd rather live a day on my feet than a year on my knees)
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To: Tribune7
Several African tribes report that the honey badger attacks the scrotum of larger mammals if provoked and has even castrated humans.

Remind me never to provoke a honey badger...

16 posted on 07/12/2007 10:57:18 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

I just flushed a badger while riding my bike in a nearby neighborhood here in Boise. This was on Sunday.

It ran away from me as fast as it could, so I was in no danger of having the flesh rended from my bare legs by tooth and claw.

The line of houses it ran between back up to a field that is near the NY Canal, so I assume they live back there.

It sounds like the residents of this area could be in mortal danger!


17 posted on 07/12/2007 10:58:14 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: ScaniaBoy

We should be releasing wild boars from TX in Iran.


18 posted on 07/12/2007 11:00:12 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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"Get in ma' belly!" - Fat Badger

19 posted on 07/12/2007 11:00:21 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support conservative principles. Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee.)
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To: ScaniaBoy
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket "Perhaps we could build a great wooden badger..."
20 posted on 07/12/2007 11:00:34 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: ScaniaBoy

I have a friend who describes them as “500 pounds of pure pissed-off in a 25 pound bag.”


21 posted on 07/12/2007 11:00:59 AM PDT by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: ScaniaBoy
One housewife, Suad Hassan, 30, claimed she had been attacked by one of the badgers as she slept.

This must be the Iraqi version of the trailer park housewife who stands outside in her bathrobe and curlers and tells the reporters about the tornado, or the aliens, or the chupacabra that ate her cat.

22 posted on 07/12/2007 11:01:11 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (<--- "Crazy Aunt" Conservative)
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To: mad puppy

I wonder how one would stand up to a wolverine, I don’t think anything would actually think of going toe to toe with one of those, even a bear.


23 posted on 07/12/2007 11:01:36 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: ScaniaBoy

http://badgerbadgerbadger.com/

It seems oddly appropriate.


24 posted on 07/12/2007 11:02:30 AM PDT by Ingtar (...right wing conservatives are growing tired of crawling on bloody stumps looking for scraps - JRob)
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To: SolidWood

Never underestimate oriental superstition and conspiracy thinking. The more absurd the theory the more will believe it.
Seems to be a liberal trait aswell.

Now the Brits know what GW has to put up with - It’s all Bush’s fault! Now, It’s all the Brit’s fault! Me thinks they might be listening to too much MSM over there!


25 posted on 07/12/2007 11:03:21 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Paladin2; PeterFinn
This story does give rise to a number of interesting ideas.

Have you seen this: Bat Bombs Away!

26 posted on 07/12/2007 11:05:16 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ikka

“As swift as a deer with the head of a monkey”

the local Mullah probably called round.


27 posted on 07/12/2007 11:09:39 AM PDT by crazycat
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To: jeddavis

Can you blame them for attacking the Iraqi scum?


28 posted on 07/12/2007 11:10:40 AM PDT by pacelvi
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To: ScaniaBoy

29 posted on 07/12/2007 11:12:02 AM PDT by gunservative
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To: ScaniaBoy

“”My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer,” she said. “It is the size of a dog but his head is like a monkey,” she told AFP.”

What she really meant was : “It is the size of a dog but his head is like a Jew”


30 posted on 07/12/2007 11:14:29 AM PDT by pacelvi
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To: Tribune7
Several African tribes report that the honey badger attacks the scrotum of larger mammals if provoked and has even castrated humans.

LOL

No wonder there is panic

BTW.. the most popular name for pet honey badgers is 'Claude'.

31 posted on 07/12/2007 11:16:53 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: OB1kNOb

How are your photoshop skills? I’d love to see the arms-raised burka woman in front of this!


32 posted on 07/12/2007 11:24:20 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand
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To: ScaniaBoy

Hehehe. Looks like the Iraqis are falling for it.

Q branch - release the rest of the badgers! Kill! Kill! My stripey pets! Bwhahahahahahah! :D

The Americans have their F22 but it is no match for our badgers with frickin’ laser beams!


33 posted on 07/12/2007 11:24:51 AM PDT by britemp
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To: britemp
And see here.
34 posted on 07/12/2007 11:28:40 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: agere_contra

I suppose next they’ll blame it on us Wisconsinites because we are in the badger state.


35 posted on 07/12/2007 11:37:29 AM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: ScaniaBoy

At the bottom of the ninth, it’s the Basara Badgers 10 and the al_Qaida Asswipes 0....


36 posted on 07/12/2007 11:49:01 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ScaniaBoy

BBC Blames British Basra Badgers

...and who says bees are dying out?


37 posted on 07/12/2007 12:53:33 PM PDT by gcruse (Let's strike Iran while it's hot.)
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