Purple Canaries

Joyce Gould with Jill Gould

Purple Canary Prologue: It is wise to not attempt to corner badgers


Excerpt from Purple Canary Prologue, pg. 5:

“You have to attack with the madness of a mother whose child is surrounded by predators,” blogger Jonathan Morrow wrote as he urged marketing professionals to fight for their ideas. His statement galvanized me–and jogged a memory: several years earlier my sister and I had attended a metaphysical fair and came upon a woman reading totem animal cards. I paid her fee and hoped for something along the lines of the feline family but a few card turns later revealed that my totem animal was–a badger. Unimpressed, I pushed the thought to the back of my mind. But Morrow’s blog post inspired me to revisit what I knew about badgers. The description of the animal’s protectiveness of their young sue seemed to fit now that I was a other and my young ‘in was being threatened with a rare disease. As peers and adults harassed and assaulted her with their GOTCHAJILL! and WHACK-A-Jill! exploits, I abandoned my stalwart pre-parenting position of expecting children to fight their own battles..”



Wild Badger Sneaks Into Home, Impersonates Family Cat

“He didn’t seem too happy when I tried to move him,” a woman said of the critter, which ate the cat’s food.

25/10/2017 5:37 AM AEDT | Updated 19 hours ago

It there was any actual badgering going on, it was likely from the cat.

A bold badger briefly replaced a family’s pet cat after the wild animal reportedly snuck into a home through a cat door last week, ate the feline’s food and took a nap in the cat bed.

An animal rescue officer with the Scottish SPCA was called to the Linlithgow home on Wednesday after the homeowner discovered the wild animal nestled up in the plush bed, the animal welfare group reported on its website.

SPCA Officer Connie O’Neil, who came face-to-face with the cozy creature, said getting the animal to leave took some effort.

“He had gotten in through the cat flap and had eaten all the cat food before going for a sleep on the cat bed,” she recalled in a post on the SSPCA’s website. “He didn’t seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was able to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was open so [he] made a run for it!”

Though the badger may have played the cat’s role to a T, the SPCA advised people to proceed with caution if they spot such animals.

“Like all wild animals badgers can be aggressive when injured or cornered so we would advise not to go near or touch them without giving us a call first,” said Scottish SPCA chief superintendent, Mike Flynn.

Fortunately, he said badgers breaking into homes is “highly unusual.”


1 comment

  1. Barbara Bradbury

    When I first read this, I thought it most appropriate after Joycecand I had discussed our relative self selected totems (as in Australian aboriginal intricate kinship system, one law being you can’t eat your totem, but can eat that of another person. This has the effect of preserving the species in a particular area, unlike in modern western society). Barbara’s has been the wombat since the 60’s. It is a nocturnal animal, like most Australian mammals, has an intricate system of burrows, is a herbivore so suits Barbara, the recluse very well. Being mammals, we see them as cuddly, like teddies, but both will defend their patch and their young with ferocity. Yes we are on the warpath against those who punish the defenceless, keep them out of the fold or home/haeme/heme burrow. Yet, while many porphs become vegetarians, a more even blood glucose level can be obtained by a fair dose of protein. So you see, we are unlikely to eat each other’s totems, and so will keep the peace. Kenneth Grahame’s Badger in “Wind in the Willows”, was a friendly, helpful, nurturing and protective chap, reminiscent of Mamma G.

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