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It is very difficult to see badgers in the wild. They are shy, nocturnal creatures and they A ____________. People often have strong opinions about badgers. Some people say that they are pests which carry harmful diseases. But others love and protect these mysterious creatures of the woods. In Britain, there is an Act of Parliament B_______________. In children’s books, badgers are often good, wise characters, even if they are not always very friendly, like Badger in the “Wind in the Willows”.
Badgers are extremely clean animals. They live in large family groups under the ground. Their home is called a sett and it consists of C_____________. Badgers’ tunnels can go down five metres below the surface. About 20 badgers usually live in the same sett. The badgers are often part of the same extended family. Some badger setts are hundreds of years old. The badgers use leaves and grass D________________. They frequently change this bedding material so that the sett is always clean and comfortable.
Before they go out at night to look for food, they smell the air E__________. They move over great distances in search of food. They eat almost anything, F_____________ and earthworms, as well as the roots of plants.
1. a series of tunnels and chambers
2. which forbids people from killing badgers
3. keep well away from humans
4. for any sign of danger
5. spreading disease among farm animals
6. including small animals like mice
7. to make their beds in the underground chambers
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