Linda and I decided on a cycle ride the other day instead of our usual walk. We set off happily enough and pedalled around some of our local lanes. Its amazing how many hills go upwards. There certainly seem more than the ones going downwards.
Near St Michael Penkevil we found a downward hill at last, and were carefully free-wheeling down a steep slippery road with very high banks either side of us, when we saw something fall in front of us.
Both of us braked and then watched in surprise, as down the bank in a shower of earth, small stones, twigs and leaves, fell a very startled young badger.
The look of fear and astonishment on his face said it all, as he rolled off the bank and out into the road. He stopped rolling and gave a great howl of fear before charging at the bank and attempting to scramble back up. It was very steep and slippy and he slid back several times.
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It was then that he became aware of both of us watching him. With another startled cry he turned and began to run down the hill, straight towards a car coming up the hill towards him.
Thoroughly confused and scared now he turned and with another cry and an amazing waddling run, shot past both Linda and I at high speed, and hurtled up the hill. I could swear that his cries sounded for all the world like a child bellowing 'mum'.
The car driver stopped and we watched, as the young badger ran thirty yards or so up the road before throwing himself at a shallower slope of bank, and successfully scaling the thing. I just hope his mum wasn't cross with him and his antics.