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The Badger does not hibernate in the true sense of the word. During a spell of wild winter weather he may extend considerably his periods underground. Some of the entrances and tunnels will be filled with leaves, twigs and occasionally small branches, in order to cut down on draughts. Often the badger will fill the tunnel for four feet or so with leaves and grass and sleep just beyond the stopped area, ventilation being provided by a small hole left open along the roof of the tunnel. In this country the badger hibernates if his environment and the conditions of the season demand it, but normally hibernation is on par with the grey squirrel. Principles from the above help in rehabilitating road casualties. It also means that badgers, not attended to after a road accident, often have a slow lingering death lasting several weeks.