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Old 09-02-2011, 12:23 PM
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What was a badger doing in Huntington, VA?

I was riding the DC Metro out of Huntington station yesterday and I saw a badger climbing down one of the sloping walls on the side of the station. At least, I think it was a badger. It had a black and white head with small ears, a brown body, and a fluffy brown tail. It was about the size of a domestic cat, but was definitely not a cat - the legs were too short, and its motion would best be described as lumbering, not the quick movement of a cat. My thought when I saw it was 'badger??' and after looking at photos of the American Badger, I can confirm that if it was not a badger, it looked exactly like a badger.

Northern VA is definitely not in the normal habitat range for the American Badger. So my question is: WTF was a badger doing in the Metro? Or alternatively, is there an animal that looks exactly identical to the American Badger but is not a badger?
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:53 PM
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Possibly a woodchuck, which has a similar body shape and gait. These animals are sometimes mistaken for each other. But the woodchuck doesn't have the head markings.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:01 PM
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Skunks can be brown sometimes. Pic
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:10 PM
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Yeah, but think about the variety of terrain covered in that map, why wouldn't drift southeast, maybe the maps wrong and not the Badger
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:18 PM
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Yeah, but think about the variety of terrain covered in that map, why wouldn't drift southeast, maybe the maps wrong and not the Badger
That's a thought, too. The badger's documented range isn't all that far from the OP (they extend into Ohio), and you can find a few statements that their range has been expanding.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:53 PM
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... So my question is: WTF was a badger doing in the Metro? ...
You wouldn't expect a badger to drive into DC, now would you? Parking is terrible.

(I sincerely hope it wasn't a stinking badger.)

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:15 PM
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Brown, eh? Perhaps it was a wooden badger?

About its body, did it appear fairly low to the ground, almost flat? That's a fairly striking feature about them when you see one and I'd imagine it allows them to better keep their footing and not get their belly exposed in a fight.

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:18 PM
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Plus, you've got to think about behavior...I'd guess that a skunk would be more likely to be toodling around a Metro station than a badger, but I could be wrong.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:20 PM
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You wouldn't expect a badger to drive into DC, now would you? Parking is terrible.

(I sincerely hope it wasn't a stinking badger.)
Ugh. If there's one thing DC does not need right now, they need no stinking badgers.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:43 PM
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Brown, eh? Perhaps it was a wooden badger?

About its body, did it appear fairly low to the ground, almost flat? That's a fairly striking feature about them when you see one and I'd imagine it allows them to better keep their footing and not get their belly exposed in a fight.
It did in fact look very flat, but the only references I can find to 'wooden badger' on the Internet are from Monty Python, so I can't tell if this is a serious post.

I'll note that it was definitely not a skunk, because the stripe did not continue down the animal's back. I think a badger that wandered down from Ohio is the most likely story, though it could have been a very dirty raccoon that had lost its ears in a fight.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:53 PM
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Was it saying "Ahhh a snake, a snaaaake!"?
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:03 PM
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Was it saying "Ahhh a snake, a snaaaake!"?
Stole my joke!
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:34 PM
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...Badging?
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:43 PM
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We badgers are badgASS, man. We go wherever we want to.
Metro, BART, short bus, Paris Métro, monorail.... don't even try to predict where we'll show up next.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:42 PM
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VA. isn't in the Big Ten , so maybe it's a non conference game?
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