In March 2017 I introduced the world to a little badger. Out in Utah’s west desert, this little guy has the tenacity and engineering chops to bury an entire calf, all by himself. Over the next two weeks, this contented badger ate off the carcass, all the while caught on camera by a motion-activated camera trap.
I posted the release about the badger here and people went wild for it, with nearly 500 news stories published in the next two weeks. Stories came from all over the world. Get a taste of the coverage here.
It was a great story to start with, but the factor that I think really gave this story some jet fuel was the video that the researchers made – a time-lapse of the burial. The original YouTube video has nearly 1.5 million views. Behold – the Utah badger!