British troops in Iraq are accused of releasing "man-eating badgers" in Basra, according to a BBC news report.
The creatures, apparently some 39 inches (100 cm) in length, are the size of dogs and have monkey-like heads.
The BBC news story quotes a local woman, Suad Hussain, who claims to have been attacked by one of these creatures: "My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer"
Known locally as Al-Girta (also known as Honey Badgers) the director of Basra's veterinary hospital, Mushtaq Abdul-Mahdi, refutes the claims, stating: "Talk that this animal was brought by the British forces is incorrect and unscientific."
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