Badger has a catnap in the kitchen

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Badger has a catnap in the kitchenette

The badger got into the kitchen through a cat flap, filled up on food from the pet’s basin then went to sleep on the soft bed.

The Scottish SPCA was called to the house of ill repute at Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow, West Lothian, on Wednesday.

I got a surprise when I arrived at the effects and saw a badger having a nap

Connie O’Neil

An officer coaxed the badger to desist of its own accord.

The charity said badgers are shy animals and it was unusual behaviour for one to document a home.

Animal rescue officer Connie O’Neil said: “I got a floor when I arrived at the property and saw a badger having a nap.

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An officer coaxed the badger to skedaddle of its own accord

“He didn’t seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was competent to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was persuadable so made a run for it.”

Mike Flynn, chief superintendent at the Scottish SPCA, thought: “It is highly unusual for a wild badger to enter a house and we would exhort anyone to immediately contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 should they espy one in an unusual place.

“Like all wild animals, badgers can be aggressive when ill-treated or cornered so we would advise not to go near or touch them without dish us a call first.”

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