A bloody badger has killed our guinea pigs! :(

(16 Posts)
Mindymum Fri 19-Jun-15 22:19:25

Yesterday I went to put our gp's in their run, to find the door of their cage smashed in. One had vanished and the other was dead in the cage. I couldn't work out what had attacked them. I thought their cage was secure and although they go out in a run during the day, we always put them in their cage at night.
Last night when I arrived home, as I pulled onto our drive, a badger ran out the gate. I checked on our rabbits (different cage, which we've now secured to the max). They were fine.
But at about 1am, I heard some clonking outside, I shone a torch outside and saw the bloody badger trying to get in the rabbit pen. I raced outside and it obviously legged it and bought the rabbits in.

So every night the rabbits are now sleeping in a dog crate. Not ideal but I'm just too worried to put them outside at night. I've never known a badger to attack caged animals!!

ToadsJustFellFromTheSky Fri 19-Jun-15 23:26:38

This is the first time I've ever heard of a badger attacking guinea pigs shock.

This has made me slightly worried. I think my hutch is secure. Did they open the door somehow or did they literally push through the door?

RepeatAdNauseum Fri 19-Jun-15 23:30:57

A badger ate my rabbits when I was 11. Bashed the cage doors through. It was horrible. It wasn't scared off, either, and even the dog wouldn't go near it. I'd definitely keep the rabbits inside. The mess was scarring.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 19-Jun-15 23:44:24

Oh shock sad

I'm terrified of foxes but TBH , I've only seen the odd dead badger on the A12 or A127 (I suppose they were trying to cross). They are well armed though, even a dog would be at risk from a badger.

Poor guineas, and YY keep the rabbits secure, now you know this particular predator can get into your garden.

I was hanging washing out in the week, about 7am, I saw something (thought it was a neighbours cat) bloody Fox on the path large as life. We have high fences but they can jump them.

Keep safe rabbits and wheek sad piggies

millimat Sat 20-Jun-15 12:12:41

Ah that's awful sadsad and scary too. Poor animals and poor you.

sanfairyanne Sat 20-Jun-15 20:05:27

sad sad sad

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sat 20-Jun-15 20:08:36

I'd have automatically blamed a fox too. Badgers are scarier than foxes.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Sat 20-Jun-15 20:11:17

Oh, I'm sorry mindymum, that's awful.

dietcokeandwine Sun 21-Jun-15 18:03:26

I've never heard of badgers attacking guineas or rabbits either but they are nasty pieces of work. So sorry, OP. Poor little pigs sad

AMcoffeeLover Sun 21-Jun-15 19:05:11

My piggies love inside due to badger threat. Had my previous pair outside, loads of noise in the night, ran out and he was trying to break into the cage. It wasn't even scared when I threw a bucket at it. Finally scared it off with a huge broom and yelling.
The next day my neighbour was distraught, her cat had had kittens a few Weeks before and a badger had got in through the cat flap that night and killed all the kittens in the kitchen, the mummy cat had to be put to sleep later that morning.
Now all my pets live inside.

millimat Mon 22-Jun-15 10:39:56

Through a cat flap?
What horrible discoveries you have made �� Are there such things as badger traps?

sparechange Mon 22-Jun-15 10:45:47

Milli,
Badgers are very protecting. You can get in trouble for as much as swearing at the things.
OP flowers. Poor piggies sad

AMcoffeeLover Mon 22-Jun-15 12:02:20

Yep, the flap was set shut due to the kittens but the plastic was shattered.

Mindymum Fri 26-Jun-15 22:48:26

Our rabbits looked really glum when we bought them in, so we've had to really step up the security outside.
So as well as being in a wooden Wendy house with a large wire run, that's dug in the ground (used to have chickens in it). We have also erected a sheep netting style electric fence which goes the whole round their enclosure. We switch it on in the early evening and it's off again come the morning.
Fortunately we live on a farm so have been able to use it (very expensive). And, so far no badgers. i haven't seen it, so not sure if it's been back or not.

I have had guinea pigs/rabbits for most of my life and have never ever known a badger to attack them in a secure cage before. Even my dh who is a farmer was convinced it was a fox.

Mindymum Fri 26-Jun-15 22:49:46

Toad, the door to the cage was pushed in. Almost as if the badger had run up and head butted it.

ToadsJustFellFromTheSky Sat 27-Jun-15 09:48:26

That's actually quite scary. It means that no matter how much you secure the door so they can't open it they can still get in.

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