A Pet Badger
I’d never think to have a pet as ferocious looking as a badger. They have fearsome claws and are noted for their digging. My mom was given a baby badger back in the 1930s and she raised it and kept it as a pet.
She tells some remarkable stories about what it was like to have a pet badger. Here’s more information about the American badger and more about her pet badger.
An Unusual Pet – An American Badger
- Preview of My Flint Hills Childhood
on the Blurb.com website (or click on the preview above). The book won the 2010 Ferguson Kansas History Book Award.
- “Jolly Was a Badger” (excerpt from My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up In 1930s Kansas)
Excerpt from the book on the author’s website
Gail Martin describes in her book how they raised the badger as a baby. This video shows a European baby badger, but it would have looked pretty similar to this.
Note that it has a harness. It also digs just like my mother described her pet badger digging in their potato patch. A collar didn’t work for the badger as it would just slip off over its head.