Part of castle closed off due to ‘very angry badger’
The guest was found in the cellar tunnel at Craignethan Castle, South Lanarkshire. The cellar tunnel was shut at around midday on Thursday after staff discovered the unexpected guest. It is thought the animal may have become lost and staff have been trying to lure him out with cat food and honey. The rest of the castle, in South Lanarkshire, remains open to visitors.
Historic Scotland told visitors about the unusual resident in a tweet, saying: “If you’re heading to Craignethan Castle over the next few days you might find the cellar tunnel closed due to the presence of a very angry badger.”We’re trying to entice it out with cat food and send it home to chill out.”
Craignethan Castle: Site is a Historic Scotland property
Staff first spotted some dug-out earth on Wednesday evening, and later spotted the badger on closer inspection. The animal is said to have caused some mess, digging up through loose soil into stonework, and staff have been clearing away the rubble.
The Historic Scotland property, managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), was built around 1530 and has a tower house, ramparts and caponier – a stone-vaulted shooting gallery.
“step aside? i step aside for no beast,
whether it be a hallowed hedgehog,
an officious otter, a seasoned squirrel,
a mutterin’ mole, or a befuddled badger!”
– brian jacques (redwall series)
credits: STV News -scotland, british medieval history, historic environment scotland