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British forces have denied rumours that they released a plague of ferocious badgers into the Iraqi city of Basra.
Word spread among the populace that UK troops had introduced strange man-eating, bear-like beasts into the area to sow panic.
But several of the creatures, caught and killed by local farmers, have been identified by experts as honey badgers.
They are distributed throughout most of Africa and western and south Asian areas of Baluchistan (eastern Iran), southern Iraq
Honey badgers are more prevalent in Iran--their presence in Iraq dwindled after the destruction of the salt marsh habitat in the south.
The animal is known locally as the Garta or ‘the muncher,’ and mothers in Basrah used to tell scary stories about the Garta to their children so they would not wander out alone at night.
Originally posted by danwild6
I didn't know Iraq had a indigenous Badger population, but if they didn't before they do now. The British base at Basra Airport was obviously the release point.
Originally posted by -0mega-
I guess they thought about it since the England soccer team badgers look very similar... What a coincidence.
[edit on 15/7/07 by -0mega-]