A struggling injured badger which got stuck at the bottom of a skate park bowl had to be rescued by an RSPCA inspector – who also needed a helping hand to get out.
The large male badger, who weighed a hefty 17 kilos and appeared to have an injured leg, was founin the slippy situation at Central Forest Park, Hanley.
He was spotted struggling by two council workers on Sunday morning (June 3) who immediately contacted the charity.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin was sent to the scene and said it was a tricky rescue due to the slippery surface and the fact the badger was quite big.
She said: “I had to get the badger into a special basket so it was a bit tricky on the slippy surface because he was so heavy it was hard carrying him out. The council workers helped by carrying the basket and giving me a hand but it was a case of running up the bowl and once I was near the top they had to pull me up.
“I felt like I was on the treadmill at the end of the Ninja Warrior television show but am glad we got the badger to safety.”
The badger is now undergoing specialist care at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.
Inspector Melvin added: “He’s got to have a tooth out and then he’s going to be monitored in an outdoor paddock at the wildlife centre before being released back into the wild.”
She said the badger probably ended up in the bowl after exploring at night and thinks his foot injury may have been caused by him trying to make his way out.
If you see a badger you have concerns about, please do not try to handle or contain the animal, but monitor from a distance and call the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999. For more information on badgers in the wild, visit our website.
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