A stinking badger

Here is a strange story from Serawak in East Malaysia:

Villagers mystified by strange animal

An Indonesian plantation worker and a 75-year-old farmer got the shock of their lives when they were attacked by an unknown animal species in two separate occasions earlier this month.

The farmer, Aris Kuna of Kampung Paon Gahat, was attacked by the rare animal while attending to his pepper garden about noon. The foreigner, however, was attacked a week later at a plantation near Kpg Baing while gathering oil palm fresh fruit bunches around 9am.

The animal that attacked the duo was described as having a ‘bear and wild boar’ resemblance. Fellow workers and villagers who saw the carcass, brought by the Indonesian, could not identify the animal species

“It’s a rare species. None of the villagers could identify it when we saw the body and pictures of it. Some even took to the Internet to find out but to no avail. Could it be one of those already considered extinct?

It has a pig-like snout, is furry brown with long claws, about 2 feet long. Not very imposing. I don’t want to post the pictures because they are copyrighted by the Borneo Post but at first glance, it screamed “BADGER” to me. The comments to the piece, indeed, had many suggestions from the badger family. The “stink badger” ID sounds about the best. They are native to islands of Southeast Asia.

Palawan Stink Badger (Mydaus marchei) highly resembles the carcass

The odd things about this story were that the villagers were quick to suggest it was something rare, or unique or possibly thought to be extinct. Another possibility is that they just weren’t used to seeing it and this story has been exaggerated more than it needs to be. Humans have a tendency to really hype up a story, I’m not clear that killing a badger is all that good of a story without some added color commentary and mystery.

  6 comments for “A stinking badger

  1. One Eyed Jack
    November 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Badgers? We don’t need no stinking badgers!

  2. Brewhogg
    November 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    The unknown creature in the picture looks a lot like the deadly and dangerous ManBearPig. I am sure Al Gore is already in Indonesia investigating the attack.

  3. November 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    The common cryptozoological claim is that locals know all about the local wildlife.

    Not from my experience working with the public – I even had one family call me about a dead crow back when the WNV starting spreading and when I got there I found a dead squirrel, they didn’t know the difference.

  4. November 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM


  5. November 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    The Stink Badger is a better match, and I agree. : ]

  6. paraisotaka
    February 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Thanks for the post.  I found a roadkill in Lawas and wondering what specie that was.  It smelt like a skunk but it has a mohawk and long craws.  Now I felt so much relieved to find out what animal that was.

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