Badgers are small short legged scavengers that are intelligent and fierce fighters known for their courage. They eat bird eggs, grubs, worms and hedgehogs. They are in the same family as weasels, ferrets, otters and wolverines. They are intelligent, playful and sweet but they will fight when cornered – even with animals that are much larger than they are. Cruel sports like hunting and badger baiting used to be common but they have been outlawed in most places. This is a European badger. They are the largest and marked with two distinctive bold stripes on their head. Sweet springtime cartoon badger.