A badger rescued from a snare by RSPCA Cymru has been released, safe and well, back to the wild, in the Vale of Glamorgan.

RSPCA Cymru found the badger, in a Barry field, trapped in a snare next to a fence. The snare was caught around her neck, and wounds were visible on the animal’s body.

However, after a spell in specialist care, the badger made a full recovery.

She was returned safely back to the wild by the by RSPCA inspector Gemma Black in the early evening of 16 February.

RSPCA inspector Selina Chan, who undertook the initial rescue, said:

“It’s always fantastic to have a happy ending, and it’s amazing that this badger is back where she belongs after this awful ordeal.

“Had this incident not been reported to us, and had we not been able to complete this rescue, it is very possible this poor badger would have starved to death in horrible circumstances.

“Fortunately, we were able to intervene as part of our on-going work to protect Wales’ wildlife.

“This incident highlighted the cruel and indiscriminate nature of snares – and, sadly, wildlife trapped in these devices are often not as lucky as this badger. RSPCA Cymru is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any trap which causes suffering.”

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