Call of the Wild
Lustful Badger Sparks Police Hunt
The mating call of a badger can sound deceptively like a screaming woman -- which explains why one of the furry creatures trying to find a mate in a German forest on Monday night sparked a police helicopter search.
The mating calls of a lovesick badger triggered a police helicopter hunt in Germany on Monday night after several people thought they were hearing the screams of a woman, police said.
"Nervous residents rang the police station and said they had heard several loud, frightened screams of a woman in forest nearby," police in the small town of Linz, located on the Rhine River in western Germany, said in a statement.
Police scrambled a helicopter with night vision equipment to scan the forest but it only spotted wild animals going about their business. "Subsequent enquiries found that the mating calls of a badger during the mating season in July and August are easily mistaken for human screaming," the statement said.
"There's an overpopulation of badgers in this area," a spokesman told SPIEGEL ONLINE.