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February is a busy month for badgers.  If you could take a look inside their very private underground home you would find the females (sows) giving birth to their cubs.  The cubs are only about 12cm long and there are normally two or three in a litter.  They are grey in colour, with slightly darker grey patches on each side of their faces, where their familiar black eye stripes will appear later.



Although the badger gestation period is only eight weeks, it's preceded by what is called 'delayed implantation'.  This can stretch the development period by an extra ten months.  By St. Valentine‚Äôs Day, female badgers will be in the mood for love again, and looking for a mate.

More info at: UK Safari Badgers Fact File

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