Woman living in house built on badger sett hand feeds them from garden

Woman, 53, who lives in a house built on an old badger sett has hand-fed the same family of animals for a decade despite concerns over them spreading disease… So do YOU think she’s right?

  • Woman whose home was built on old badger sett hand feeds them every night
  • Christine Ian, 53, of Stockport, Manchester, feeds the badgers off her decking
  • She has made the badgers an afternoon tea platter and even Christmas Dinner

A woman who has been hand-feeding two generations of a badger family for more than ten years has shared close-up photos of her feeding the animals.

Christine Ian, 53, has been caring for badgers every night in her garden near Stockport, Manchester and lays out badger treats on her decking. 

The creatures have become so familiar with Ms Ian that she is now able to hand feed them biscuits and take pictures to share online.

A woman who has been hand-feeding two generations of a badger family for more than ten years has shared close-up photos of her feeding the animals. She keeps a detailed diary of the badgers’ comings and goings

Stunning images show the badgers munching on a variety of snacks such as nuts, eggs and dog food.

On December 25th Ms Ian treated even them to a traditional Christmas dinner.

One badger tucks in to an afternoon tea platter of scones and grapes. The furry family have a whopping 116,000 followers across social media platforms

On Shrove Tuesday this week she even put pancakes out for the short-legged omnivores.

The housewife from near Stockport, Greater Mancs, has named the dominant male and female of the family, who are both aged aged seven, Mr and Mrs Lumpy.

Their cub, who is now aged four, is called Humbug, and her cub is one-year-old Bella.

The furry family have a whopping 116,000 followers across all social media platforms.

Ms Ian said: ‘I class the badgers as my animal family, they’re like my pets although obviously they are wild.

‘They have the most brilliant characters, some are cheeky and some are more bold than others, just like cats or dogs.

‘I feel like I know them and that they definitely know me too.’ 

She keeps a detailed diary of the badgers’ comings and goings and monitors what they get up to each every night.

On December 25th Ms Ian treated even them to a traditional Christmas dinner. Ms Ian lives in a house that was built on an old badger sett i

In the past she has spotted one of them carrying an injury arranged for them to receive veterinary attention.

Ms Ian lives in a house that was built on an old badger sett in a village surrounded by conservation woodland.

She said: ‘We soon found a path running through the garden, it was a badger run, that’s where our love affair started with these magnificent creatures.

Christine Ian, 53, has been caring for badgers every night in her garden near Stockport, Manchester and lays out badger treats on her decking

The creatures have become so familiar with Ms Ian that she is now able to hand feed them biscuits and take pictures to share online

‘The years rolled by, feeding and watching the different generations that have visited has been quite magical.

‘We’ve had the excitement of seeing new cubs being brought through.’

Ms Ian added: ‘My relationship is magical especially now I can get the door open with them and literally be within inches of them.

‘My favourite memories are when they bring their cubs to the garden at around three months old.’

Dozens of other animals that inhabit the local area, including foxes, cubs, bats and Squirrels also visit her luscious garden on a nightly basis.

In one video taken by the homeowner a handsome fox can be seen prowling in the background as three of the badgers eat from bowls on the decking. 

Ms Ian said she has even seen the occasional polecat, also known as the common ferret, strolling around the garden.

She raises funds for various badger charities and a vociferous proponent of anti badger culling causes. 

Stunning images show the badgers munching on a variety of snacks such as nuts, eggs and dog food. One badger is pictured above eating a Rich Tea biscuit

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