A badger has been released back into the wild after being rescued from the bottom of a sewage tank in Leicester.

The RSPCA teamed up with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to rescue the animal, who had fallen down into the 15ft-deep tank at sewage treatment works in Enderby Road, Whetstone, on Wednesday last week (15 November).

So that he could be safely rescued, the badger was sedated before the fire crew went down into the tank from a ladder. They then put him into a basket before handing him over to RSPCA inspector Sarah Bate.

Sarah said: “The poor badger had exhausted himself trying to get out. I got him to a vet to be checked over and thankfully he wasn’t injured. After he woke up fully from the sedation I released him back into the wild – in the opposite direction of the sewage tank!”

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