An injured badger has been rescued from a stairwell at Pembroke Castle, where an episode of the Antiques Roadshow was being filmed.
The frightened badger was found hiding on a stairway which was leading to a cave on Wednesday morning (7 September) while the TV classic was being filmed upstairs. After being discovered by a visitor, the RSPCA were called and the gate to the stairwell was closed off to the public as the castle was busier than usual due to the filming of the BBC programme.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Nicole Wallace, who was called to the unusual animal collection, said: “The badger had somehow got inside the castle and had managed to get himself on a stairway leading to a cave and then couldn’t get out.
“Antiques Roadshow were filming upstairs in the castle so it was quite busy. Some might think he was looking for a starring role in the much-loved TV classic but the reality was he seemed very scared, as if trying to hide away.
“The badger was able to run about and was fully responsive, but I was able to catch him safely with a net.
“We have no idea how he got himself there, but he must have made his way into the castle grounds possibly in the night, got lost and then was unable to find his way out.”
The badger was then taken to a veterinary surgery for an examination.
ACO Wallace said: “He’s got a injury to his rear right leg which is likely to have been caused by a fight with another badger.
“It is infected so he is currently receiving antibiotic treatment for that. He has been taken to a rehabilitation centre where he will be closely monitored and we hope once recovered from his ordeal we will be able to release him back into the wild.”
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