18.05.13

One of our centres is looking after four orphaned badger cubs too little to survive without help.

The baby badgers have been brought to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire over the past few weeks. Two are just a few weeks old and the size of small puppies, all have lost their mums and need to be fed and cared for until they are old enough to look after themselves in the wild.

Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley, said:

These poor little things were not coping where they were but are doing well now. They are just too young to cope without their mothers in the wild.

A series of unfortunate events

Badger cub © RSPCAOne of the cubs, male and as small as a newborn puppy, was found by a member of the public walking his dog near his home in the Welsh mountains near Prestatyn, Clwyd on 29 April. The cub was believed to be orphaned and clearly lost. He emerged from a bush to follow the walker – so the member of the public felt he had no choice but to take him home and keep him in a dog kennel in his garden with a towel for warmth until we could come to the rescue.

Another was spotted a week before running frantically along the grass verge by the side of a road in Stafford, in very thin state. It is thought the three-month-old male has lost his mother and so was struggling to cope on his own. If the passing member of the public had not spotted and caught him, he would likely have run into the road and been run over.

Another female cub was found orphaned next to her dead mother by the side of a road in Stocksfield, Northumberland. She was just weeks old and too young to care for herself, so was taken into our care to be weaned until she is strong enough. A fourth cub, male and thought to be around 12 weeks old was discovered by a local badger group near Sandbach, Cheshire in an extremely thin and stressed state. He was above ground in daylight, and frantically trying to burrow.

Lee added:

All four badgers are now doing well and are on the road to recovery. With a bit of care and attention they should be ready to be returned to the wild where they can fend for themselves.

With plans for a cull of badgers looming, the wild animals need all the help they can get at the moment. It is more important than ever that we do all we can to save those that we can.

It seems crazy that in a few short weeks it is going to be fair game to kill these beautiful animals. For the time being, it is important for us to save as many as we can.

The cubs will be released around September

The four cubs will be weaned and brought up at Stapeley until September time, when it’s hoped they will be big and fit enough to survive in the wild. Their rehabilitation will be very ‘hands-off’ to ensure they do not become to tame and are able to survive back in the wild.

Badgers live in ‘family’ groups so these four cubs have been grouped together in the same pen and will be returned to the wild together.

All the rehabilitated badgers will be TB tested and vaccinated before release.

Find out more about our wildlife centres and read more about our wildlife rehabilitation work and what to do with orphaned wild animals.

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