Badger (Meles meles)
Hertfordshire, England, 1985

The badger is the largest surviving carnivore in Britain and Ireland. The brown bear was exterminated in the Middle Ages, and the last wolf was killed in the eighteenth century.

At a first glance, badgers appear to be slow and cumbersome, but they're true members of the weasel family, and when necessary they can switch into weasel mode, and move like greased lightning.

I've never seen a badger start a fight, but I've seen a fox ignore two warnings from a badger, to stay away from the badger's cubs. The fight lasted almost one second. The fox lost.

Badger