Mushroom! Mushroom!

As if things in Iraq weren’t bad enough…

The Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a scary rumour – giant badgers are stalking the streets by night, eating humans.

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“I believe this animal appeared following a raid to the region by the British forces,” said Ali Mohsen, a farmer in his 40s from Karmat Ali, near the air base used by the multinational force.

“As we are close to the airport, they probably released this animal into the area.”

British troops have been based in Basra since the 2003 US-led invasion overthrew dictator Saddam Hussein, and the 5500 that remain still face the threat of Shiite militias battling for the region’s oil resources.

They also have to battle the Iraqi rumour mill, as locals are quick to blame them for almost any calamity that befalls the area – including an apparent plague of vicious badgers with long claws and powerful jaws.

No news yet as to the sudden appearance of any frightening snakes.

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16 responses to “Mushroom! Mushroom!

  1. Iraq has camel spiders – and thet’re worried about badgers?

  2. *laugsh* it appears the chupacabra has migrated to the Middle East.

  3. Allie

    That link is about the awesomest thing I’ve ever seen.

  4. If it’s so scary there, why don’t they just move to KENYA!! KENYA KENYA KENYAAAAA!!!

  5. Hmm. It seems the Iraqi people are a bit on edge. I wonder why?

  6. Bet it came from London.

  7. NameChanged

    Maybe it is the first “resurgence” in the Vampire population. We have to fight them over there so they don’t come over here.

  8. Forgot that you people don’t allow pictures to be posted in comments. This is what was supposed to be posted:

  9. i once got in trouble at work because i put a link to the badger site in my signature. some days i hate this job.

  10. Forgot that you people don’t allow pictures to be posted in comments.

    If I knew how to allow it, I would!

  11. Chromosome Crawl

    see..if they’d just stay off the moors like they were told, none of this would have happened!

  12. SAP

    Well, as long at the kaiju eiga, killer rabbits and giant spiders keep their distance, everything will be all right.

  13. Mabe we can recruit them to fight the insurgents.

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