The animals were allegedly released into the area by British forces.
Local farmers have caught and killed several of the beasts, but this has done nothing to dispel the rumour.
Iraqi scientists have attempted to calm things down. However, the story has spread like wildfire in the streets of the city and the villages round about.
Now there's something you don't see every day.
I would really like to see us capture a few of these. I think we should release them into the streets of New York and Los Angeles. The mental image of Rosie O'Donnell being chased down Rodeo Drive by a giant badger that is intent on having her for a late afternoon snack will keep me chuckling for days.