Saturday, July 14, 2007

British blamed for Basra badgers

British blamed for Basra badgers:

"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.'

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."