A customer of mine showed me this picture she had took. Its of an animal killed on the road that has had its guts eaten. It was close to a metre long and had been freshly killed/eaten. I've tried looking into what it is but the closest thing that I can find is the Japanese badger. Is that possible? Are they imported as pets etc? She does have another picture that shows the teeth and face stripes clearer. It has the long claws of a badger and is definately not a marten, weasel, mink etc. I've just texted her to send me across the other pictures to aid identification. The picture was taken in Cheshire.
I would say it was just a leucistic badger - carrying a mutation that makes its black hairs lighter.
Thanks for the quick reply. From the other photos I was shown it looked like the snout was shorter, the tail longer and the legs longer (memory can be funny sometimes though...). I'm hoping she'll get back to me with the other photos. I'll update as I get them.
I can't see that it can be anything else than a Badger, the leucistic types are known as "Blondes" I have seen plenty of dead badgers but have never seen one with a tail of that length , it should normally be about a third of the size of that in your photo. Interesting!!
Yeah its a great photo. I wish I had seen it in the flesh myself. I'd of possibly bagged, tagged and popped it in the freezer just in case it was more unusual. I wonder how the girlfriend would of reacted to that...