These three little cubs were brought to an NEEBG member for some TLC, after their mother was killed on the road. Our member found one cub in the road and after a further search, two more huddled together in the undergrowth. At first, it was touch and go as to whether the first little cub would survive, but were given hourly applications of rehydration fluids. Twenty four hours later there was much improvement and from then on all three went from strength to strength. From Essex they went on to Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead where they spent the rest of the summer growing into adulthood, along with other orphan cubs and were finally placed into an artificial sett in the autumn. To date they are all doing fine and have vacated the artificial sett for one of their own making.
The call out came in the middle of the night - a badger hit by a car south east of Colchester. On arrival it was apparent that the badger was a fairly rare erythristic, or ginger, animal. Not all badgers are black and white as can be seen by the picture. Erythristics are the result of a recessive gene.
Examination by a vet revealed no serious injuries, just concussion, so it was off to the rehab pen with a week's course of painkillers and a chance to sleep off the headache. After a few days she was moving about and eating well, so the decision was made to get her back to her sett as soon as possible.
These two little sisters were found in a residential garden, apparently sheltering in a woodshed. After a few days of putting down cat food and water for them, the concerned resident asked the badger group for help as the family were about to go on holiday. As it was apparent that these two orphans were already weaned, they were taken straight to the Wildlife Aid Rescue Centre in Leatherhead where, after a health check, they were placed in a warm pen – a start to their new life. As you can see from the photo, they were a picture of health and were soon to be joined by other orphaned cubs.
Badger Under A Car
A call from the hotline to one of our members reported a badger under a car on a housing estate in Great Yeldham. The first problem was to remove the badger from under the car. This meant jacking up the car and rolling it gently down the steep incline of the drive.
The badger attempted escape but was caught and placed in the cage. It was taken to the vets and treated for territorial wounds and eventually released. It was an elderly badger but deserved a second chance.
Elderly badgers are often pushed out of the main sett, suffering deep wounds in the process. They then have to find themselves a new place to live out the remainder of their days.
On this website you will see the advice - never attempt to pick up or transport an unconcious badger uncontained in your car. However, this rescuer did precisely that!
Lucy was found in the road in the early hours, picked up and taken to a section leader's house. Luckily for the lady rescuer the badger remained in an unconcious state but who knows what would have happened if the badger had become alert!
The badger was taken to the vets and found to have severe concussion but was otherwise uninjured. It was treated accordingly and then taken to the rehabilitation pen for a recovery period. Meanwhile the area where it had been found was surveyed and the sett located. A few days later, the badger was taken back to it's area and released. One lucky badger!