A call came in from a very concerned lady at Gulval. While out with friends, walking their dogs at Madron Carn, her terrier had trotted up carrying a small animal. Realising it was a baby badger, the friends quickly gathered the dogs before any harm came to the helpless cub and left it there for the mother to hopefully retrieve.Later in the day, the lady returned to check and found the cub was still there but now seemed to be in some distress, cold and crying, so took it home to get warm and to find some advice on what to do next. We attended at once and found it was a female, only about five weeks old and injured, the dog’s teeth had penetrated the delicate skin whilst carrying it, also it was crawling with fleas. A trip to the vet’s surgery resulted in antibiotics for the bite wounds,anti-inflammatory for the bruising and a spray of Frontline for the fleas, before we could take her home to the warmth and comfort of a brooder. Once persuaded to accept being bottle-fed, the tiny cub began to recover and thrive.All our animals are given a number for record purposes and this one was no.C 50, the 50th badger cub to come into care since the Rescue formed five years ago, so the name Goldie seemed to be appropriate! A problem with hand-rearing badger cubs, particulary single ones, is that they can become too attached to human carers,’imprinting’ on them which makes it impossible to return them to freedom, as they have no fear of humans. To help avoid this problem, Goldie needed to transfer to Secret World in Somerset where she could bond with other badger cubs and begin her rehabilitation for an eventual return to a life in the wild. On April 10th we rendevoused with a Secret World volunteer driver at Launceston and handed her over to begin the next stage in her life. Normally that would be the end of the story for us, apart from an occasional update, but this timewould be very different. The BBC were making a film about the underground life of animals and had built an artificial sett at Secret World where badgers could be filmed without disturbance and shed some light on their life below ground. Goldie was one of the cubs used in the project, which proved to be a fascinating insight on how cubs become badgers without the guidance of parents.The film is entitled The Burrowers, Animals Underground and also showcased rabbits and water voles and was presented by Chris Packham. It was quite an experience seeing ‘our baby’ growing into a proper badger,a real privilege. Of course Goldie,(stage name ‘Lunar’), was the star of the show, well in our eyes anyway! A very special little badger.