Badger and coyote’s unusual friendship caught on camera

Badger and coyote

A wildlife photographer managed to capture an infrequent natural occurrence. It is not often that we get to see strange friendships developed between animals of different species.

Badger and coyote

Often viewers see videos of household pets forming friendships like cats befriending dogs and ducks befriending cats. But in nature, predators usually don’t sit around the same campfire.

In this video, a coyote is seen exploring the forest with a badger. Although this is undoubtedly a unique occurrence for most of the population, this phenomenon is not that rare, according to wildlife experts.

Badger and coyote

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, coyotes and badgers often form mutually beneficial relationships. Each animal has a unique set of hunting skills that the other one can benefit from.

For instance, Coyotes are faster than badgers which means they are better at chasing down prey. Badgers, on the other hand, are better diggers. For example, when prey scurries down a burrow, the badger would be more successful at digging it up.

Badger and coyote

This video was recorded in a forest in South Lake Tahoe, California. The photographer, Google Sielsch, was elated when he made the discovery. He stated that he felt like a child who discovered a treasure.

Viewers are really enjoying the video of the two ‘friends’ casually strolling together in the wild. One viewer commented jokingly: ‘They’re on a journey of self-discovery and adventure in the woods.’ Whether this is true or not, it is certainly is worth the watch regardless.

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Badger and coyote\'s unusual friendship caught on camera