Tuesday 22 June 2010

Pictured: shy badgers eat cornflakes at a hotel

RIGHT: Badgers tuck in to their Corn Flakes, at Isle of Wight hotel. Photo: SOLENT
A family of badgers has been photographed at an Isle of Wight hotel, after turning up every night for a bowl of cornflakes.

By Andrew Hough
Published: 7:00AM BST 22 Jun 2010

The usually shy creatures appear in the grounds at 9pm without fail, to eat what has apparently become their favourite breakfast cereal.

It has been a regular occurrence at the five-star Enchanted Manor, near Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, for the past four years.

Maggie Hilton, who runs the Enchanted Manor with husband Ric, said: "We started putting left-over scraps from breakfast out for the badgers.

"They would grab most of the food and immediately run away to eat it but, strangely, they would stay to eat the cornflakes.

"They seemed calmer when they were eating the cereal and stayed around for much longer."

She added: "They are really fussy and I have tried putting out other cereals but they turn their noses up at them.

"They are really tame and friendly and our guests can't believe their eyes when they creep out of the woods every night and into our garden."

Kellogg's has pledged to supply the hotel with cornflakes for free so the friendly animals don't go hungry.


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