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Message posted by ulu257109/4/2018 at 4:14pm
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Family and self camping in Oxfordshire some months ago and woke up to find a loaf of bread - plastic torn and half eaten in our food box by our tent. All the evidence pointed to badgers on this occasion. This was very much my fault as I hadn't sealed the box properly the night before ...
Anyway, we ate the rest of the loaf and I only started to wonder later - could this be a TB risk? Any expert knowledge in this area would be appreciated!

Has anyone else had similar camping blunders with food and wildlife?

Message posted by Ewen c09/4/2018 at 4:54pm
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Don't badgers transmit Bovine TB? Unless you are a cow, I doubt you would have to worry.


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Message posted by Sleeper1709/4/2018 at 5:31pm
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Most likely classed as a "Risk" of. Albeit low, but a risk.

https://www.bovinetb.co.uk/article.php?article_id=24

Firstly the Badger would have to be an infected animal.

The fact that you could conceivably come into contact with bodily mucus (saliva) is a route for contraction but I am unsure how long the bacteria would survive outside of the hosts body.

Now if you start growing hair on your chest you either ate the crusts or you need to see a vet!

Sadly nothing so interesting ie wildlife encroachment even though we do have trail cams we use when we go camping. We have however seen whilst camping via the trail cam

Rats
Mice
Rabbits
Weasel
Hedgehogs

I love the fact you tucked into the loaf regardless.

PS Welcome to the forum.


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Message posted by DeborahTurner10/4/2018 at 9:18pm
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I am HORRIFIED (but a bit fascinated) that you ate bread half eaten by unknown wild animals. But welcome, anyway

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Me too Deborah Turner. Braver than me. But yes, welcome to the forum.

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Try hanging food on branches but watch out for bears!

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If it was some months ago and you are not coughing like a 60 a day smoker you may well have escaped infection

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If you wanted to catch TB then eating the remains of a loaf that a badger had partly eaten would be a perfectly practical way to do it. Badgers do carry tb in their saliva and do infect each other when they bite each other , often at base of the tail on the back or the neck,in territorial fights. This often leads to severe infection and the death of the badger. Not all badgers are infected and your loaf sharer may have been perfectly healthy. You can probably find out online the likely health status of badgers in your area. Call APHA on 03001000313 and they might be able to give you some general advice on whether badgers in that area are likely to be healthy. Might not give you details of disease on a specific farm.

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Quote: Originally posted by DeborahTurner on 10/4/2018
I am HORRIFIED (but a bit fascinated) that you ate bread half eaten by unknown wild animals. But welcome, anyway




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Message posted by oldham10/5/2021 at 4:42pm
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Quote: Originally posted by DeborahTurner on 10/4/2018
I am HORRIFIED (but a bit fascinated) that you ate bread half eaten by unknown wild animals. But welcome, anyway



Same here

Usually if signs of wild life appear then the food / waste signs of night life would be used for where tonight's wild life safari would take place.

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Quote: Originally posted by Nimrod7 on 10/5/2021
If you wanted to catch TB then eating the remains of a loaf that a badger had partly eaten would be a perfectly practical way to do it. Badgers do carry tb in their saliva and do infect each other when they bite each other , often at base of the tail on the back or the neck,in territorial fights. This often leads to severe infection and the death of the badger. Not all badgers are infected and your loaf sharer may have been perfectly healthy. You can probably find out online the likely health status of badgers in your area. Call APHA on 03001000313 and they might be able to give you some general advice on whether badgers in that area are likely to be healthy. Might not give you details of disease on a specific farm.




Your knowledge of badgers is impressive sir.
However, I doubt the current health status of the local badger population will be relevant to April 2018, when the OP first nibbled on said loaf of bread!

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Message posted by oldham10/5/2021 at 6:38pm
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But same applies, if any animal has had self service don't join in the buffet

Use it to make your visit more interesting

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Message posted by Ernie DB10/5/2021 at 8:33pm
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The OP posted once in 2018 and never returned to this site again, so what happened?

In the words of the Stratford Bard "TB or not TB, that is the question"

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Left a cooked burger outside all night then had it for breakfast. lol..


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