I had a wonderful moment last night
I went out side at dusk to shut the front of the shed to keep my 2 newborn lambs safe overnight. In front of it is a sort of fenced alley, which we use when we need to catch and treat the sheep. Looking down to the end to check everyone was inside, I saw a movement. After a fraction of a second I realised it was a badger. I froze and almost stopped breathing. It looked behind, where there was another gate, then looked at me, and to my amazement begn to move towards me. Not panicked or rushing, but quite calmly. It came up to the gate where I was standing , looked at me again and then slipped through the bottom rungs of the gate about 18 inches away from my feet and went happily on its way. There was enough light left to see every detail of its face and the silvery fur on its back, even its feet and tail as it moved past me. It looked to be quite a young animal and in good health. I can still scarcely believe that a wild animal would trust me enough to come close like that and I feel so lucky that I keep breaking out in a big grinwhenever I think about it.