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BAILEY. April 7th. Mount Hawke.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Wed, November 01, 2017 23:18:13

This badger was seen on the roadside and lucky that someone stopped to check it. If left in situ, another vehicle or exposure would have probably killed him. On arrival we met Steve, who had put the badger in a box, in his car for safety from the passing traffic, (the badger was unconscious).We transported the badger to St. Ives Vets where he was treated for head trauma before being settled into a pen at the barn to be monitored. An adult male weighing 7kg, Bailey gradually improved as he regained his balance and became mobile over the next few days. After 10 days in care, Bailey was ready to be released and we met with his finders to watch him go free. When the carrier was opened, Bailey trotted away and climbed over a wall obviously intent on getting home, no mobility problems now!

LEVI. April 11th. Nancherrow.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Wed, November 01, 2017 22:49:06

A badger had been hanging around a property for a few days but outstayed it’s welcome when it killed a chicken. After shutting the badger in a stable, we were called to remove the offender. On arrival we could see an extensive bite wound on the badgers rump, injured badgers will often find a quiet spot to lie low while their wounds heal which explained it’s presence at the property. Sadly, the hen would have been seen as an easy meal. This adult male was quickly caged and transported to the St. Ives Vets where he was sedated to allow the wound to be cleaned and given antibiotics and pain relief before being settled into a pen at the barn. It took over three weeks for the damage to heal but Levi was quite content with a comfy hay bed and regular meals! While he wasn’t exactly welcomed back with open arms, the landowner did give us permission to release Levi in the field next to the yard. On May 4th we returned and to the relief of everyone, he ran along a badger run heading away from the buildings and disappeared into the dark.

MIKEY. April 14th. Mawnan Smith.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Wed, November 01, 2017 22:08:44

This small badger cub was spotted by a dog walker on the beach, where a small land slip had damaged a sett. Hoping it would find it’s way back underground, the walker left the cub alone. Seeing the cub again the next day and realising there must be a problem, the call for assistance was made. We were unable to attend immediately due to commitments, but Caroline of Finnegans Rainbow kindly stepped in to pick up the cub. We later collected the cub, a seven week old male that was very hungry and loaded with fleas! Happily, little Mikey soon recovered from his ordeal and once he’d gained some weight and condition could undergo a blood test to check for Bovine TB. With a Negative result and no parasite problems, Mikey was fit to travel to Secret World Wildlife Rescue with Jester and the two fox cubs Flash and Kernow, on April 27th, for rehabilitation back to the wild.