How does BG do this? His high-tech enclosure plays a key role in the process, as it has been fitted with a number of motion sensors. These wireless sensors communicate with a station outside the enclosure. The information travels from the station to a server on which a database of ‘pre-written’ tweets is stored. When BG activates a motion sensor near his food bowl, for example, a tweet about food is sent.
Finding and making the right materials and technology was a big challenge. BG is a friendly animal, but badgers are both strong and inventive, and very good at destroying things. The sensors are enclosed in Perspex, an extremely strong material, so BG cannot gnaw on them.
Here are a few examples of BG’s tweets:
Tweeting Badger: A granny! My favourite! Think I’m gonna run around a bit, act cute, maybe roll in the dirt. They love that kinda stuff.
Tweeting Badger: You can hypnotise a frog by putting it on its back and stroking its tummy, but I can’t usually wait that long.