The first mention of the Golden Badger lies deep within an ancient Japanese text, the Nihon Shoki. It tells of Mujina the shape shifter; most commonly revealing himself as a Golden Badger he would deceive and entrance in equal measure. How Mujina ended up, stuffed and mounted in Wrexham museum is a long and sordid tale.
In June 1768 Sir Watkin Williams Wynn 4th Baronet embarked on the grand tour of France and Italy. A hunting man to the core he determined to bring back as many trophies as possible from what he resentfully described, in very public letter, as “my wife’s impecunious grand folly”. Once on the continent he began hearing tales of a shape shifting creature which evaded all attempts at capture and could appear as any animal it chose. He also began shooting things at a rate of notts and getting them stuffed in poses of surprisingly good taste. The Annunciation, featuring an elephant shrew and a mole rat, was particularly admired by both biblical scholars and members of the Royal academy.
Eventually he traced the Golden Badger to a small village in the Loire Valley. Using all his guile, hunter’s instincts and a massive gun he promptly shot it square in the face. Some minor re-constructive surgery and a bit of cotton wool wadding later and the badger was winging it’s way to Wrexham, in the pose of Peter the Great deciding to invade Sweden.
Unbeknownst to Sir Watkin the Golden Badger was merely the earthly form of Torok the Elder. What with being shot in the face, Torok’s eternal form had embedded itself in the fabric of the ceremonial coat of Sir Watkin and wouldn’t come out. Over the years a legend emerged that said “He who so donneth Sir Watkin’s coat and speaketh from the ancient text, so shall he awake the Badger, like”.
Taking the legend at face value, First Minister the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM headed straight for the grand hall of Wrexham museum to search out both the coat and badger. His date with destiny was writ large and the fate of the fledgling nation depended on it.