In my current campaign I am playing a druid who was raising a family of badgers, which have been magically scattered around. I've retrieved one of them, and was in the area that we thought another one might be.
I'm not high enough level to cast Locate Creature, but I thought that I might be able to get a clue using Locate Animal or Plants, which reads
Describe or name a specific kind of beast or plant. Concentrating on the voice of nature in your surroundings, you learn the direction and distance to the closest creature or plant of that kind within 5 miles, if any are present.
The problem with using Locate Animal or Plants to find the missing badger is that I happen to know that the nearest badger to me is the one I already rescued!
My DM ruled that if I used my found badger as part of the ritual I used to cast the spell I could exclude it from the effect, and we continued with no problems, but I was curious about whether or not this could be considered RAW. Can I try to locate "Badgers that aren't this particular badger"? Or "Female badgers about 2 years old with a slight limp in one leg"? Or just generally exclude known information from a divination effect?
I'm particularly interested in the definition of "specific kind" and how specific that identification can be.