A badger who was found collapsed near to a business park in Castle Donnington has been released back into the wild after being cared for by the RSPCA.
The badger was collected on 22 December last year by an RSPCA inspector after she was found exhausted and collapsed in the doorway of an office at Willow Farm Business Park.
It is believed that the badger’s sett may have been flooded during the heavy rains and this had led to her exhaustion.
She was taken to the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire where she was treated for a number of weeks until she was fit and healthy again.
Badgers are territorial, therefore it was very important that she was released back to the area she was found. As badgers are nocturnal and most active at dusk and dawn, she was released at night.
RSPCA inspector Chris Shaw said: “This poor badger was in such a state when I collected her.
“She was exhausted and I think that the area nearby had flooded and it is likely that her sett flooded as result.
“She was kept at our wildlife centre for two months– and was treated for Salmonella and other head injuries. She was also operated on by the vets at Stapeley, with an infected canine removed in the process.. I was obviously delighted when I received a call from them to say that she was fit for release.
“She was desperate to get back to the wild.
“It is an amazing feeling to watch wild animals running as fast as they can back to their habitats – knowing that it is down to the hard work and care of colleagues in the RSPCA.
“It is fantastic that this badger was given a second chance and I had a real smile on my face as I watched her run away back in to the wild.”
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