When you’ve got an itch… Wild badger is caught on camera sitting on its bottom to have an energetic scratch
- Former wildlife ranger Malcolm Ingham was filming badgers on a country trail
- Mr Ingham said he cannot disclose the location to protect the animals
- He said badger diggers and baiters would target the animals if they found them
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This is the hilarious moment a wild badger sat on its backside and indulged in a really good scratch.
The footage was filmed at a secret location being monitored by wildlife rangers on March 3.
It is not being disclosed as it would put the animals in danger from badger diggers and baiters.
Former head ranger and wildlife officer Malcolm John Ingham has been monitoring and filming the badgers in case of human interference.
The badger struck an almost human pose as it sat down on a woodland trail and had a scratch
The animal was caught on camera by former wildlife ranger Malcolm Ingham who continues to monitor the animals despite his retirement
Mr Ingham said while he has seen such behaviour by badgers before, he still enjoys watching it
He said he was delighted to capture the footage of the animal.
He told MailOnline: ‘I have studied badgers for many years and seen this behaviour many times but never get bored of it.
‘I have tons of trail camera badger video footage with many amusing moments captured on film such as them tumbling off logs into a stream.
‘The reason I set up trail cameras is to monitor and record wildlife for conservation purposes.’
During his career, Mr Ingham worked to combat wildlife crime and, despite being retired, still continues his work protecting animals.
He said: ‘I also continue to work closely with the police and the RSPCA special ops unit fighting wildlife crime, with badger digging and baiting being the most prolific and disturbing.
‘I travel throughout the UK investigating these crimes, often leading me to be called as a prosecution expert witness.
‘I’m also a published author of two wildlife related books with a third due out next year.’
In January, the Government announced an end to legal badger culling, saying no new licences would be issued after 2022 and all existing permits would not be extended beyond 2028.
The ‘contentious and divisive’ cull, introduced in a bid to stop the animals spreading bovine TB, has cost around £60million and seen the deaths of approximately 140,000 badgers.
The Government called a halt to the practice following campaigning by anti-animal cruelty activists and said it would vaccinate badgers instead.