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 … Continue reading…

An RSPCA wildlife centre is preparing for its annual baby bird boom, with the arrival of six orphaned tawny owlets in the last week.

Every year around May time, Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, sees an increase in the number of baby birds admitted after being found orphaned or out of their nest.

However, often the baby birds are brought in by well-meaning members of the public who believe the bird genuinely needs help – when they could … Continue reading…

Every wildlife assistant at Stapeley Grange must be capable of caring for any wildlife species that arrives at the centre, however its staff also have specialist knowledge of certain species. Jenny Derbyshire plays a leading role in rehabilitating badger cubs and is the ‘go-to person’ for all things badgers. Here she talks about her role, which has its challenges – but is always worthwhile.

At Stapeley Grange, I have what I believe to be the amazing role of rehabilitating badger … Continue reading…

The RSPCA received 217 calls about dogs locked in hot cars across England over the Bank Holiday weekend – around three calls every hour.

This is despite the charity reminding people about the dangers of leaving dogs in cars, where temperatures can quickly rise.

The most calls were received in Hampshire, where the RSPCA were called about 17 dogs in hot environments. Greater London and West Yorkshire followed, with 12 calls each. The next county where we received the most … Continue reading…

A tarantula has been rescued by the RSPCA – after being found in a BIN in a Nottingham park.

The white knee tarantula, which was the size of a hand, was cold and wet when RSPCA inspector Teresa Potter rescued the spider on Tuesday last week (24 April), after being found by a shocked dog-walker in Acorn Avenue, Giltbrook.

Inspector Potter said: “It’s rare that we get reports of tarantulas in public so as I was making my way there, … Continue reading…