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Montana AG: Meet Gilbert the Badger

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Ranches are often home to a wide variety of animals, including cows, horses, sheep and of course pets like cats and dogs. But for one Montana ranch family, they have a pet that’s truly one of a kind.

Fifteen years ago, Mac White found an abandoned baby badger in his pickup’s snow track on their McFarland-White Ranch near Two Dot. He decided it would make the perfect Mother’s Day present for his wife Melody.

When she got home she reached into a pet crate and grabbed what she thought was a puppy and pulled it out and soon realized it was a badger.

Basically, the badger which they later named Gilbert had been sacrificed to the great badger gods in the sky by his mother and they weren’t sure how to take him back.

Having a pet badger takes a little getting used to, like learning badger etiquette.

“You live with the badger, he doesn’t live with you. He dictates how you behave around him. If you can keep his mouth busy you’re safe. If you don’t and you startle him you’re bit,” said Melody White.

As for food, Gilbert likes dog food, cat food, carrots and his favorites are cantaloupe and watermelon. He also really likes fudgesicles.

Gilbert is definitely a bit of a legend in south central Montana. He’s not just a unique pet. More importantly, he’s one of the beloved family members at the McFarland-White Ranch.

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