A veterinary ambulance rushed to the aid of an injured badger found in the bottom of a disused swimming pool last Thursday morning.
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called out just after 8.30am to help the trapped badger.
On arrival rescuers Trevor Weeks and Lindsay Redfern climbed down into the empty swimming pool and found the badger trying to sleep in a quite unusual position with it back to the corner of the swimming pool and tucking its head to his belly and covering his head with his legs to hide.
“Some of the badgers we have had in care had sat and groomed themselves in similar positions but I’ve never seen a badger trying to sleep in this position before,” said Trevor.
“The position of the badger caused rescuers some problems and the rescue took longer than normal as it proved difficult to get the dog grasper on the badger whilst its head was tuck away.
“Eventually the badger was caught and placed into a special badger cage where it was then assessed and triaged.
“Two swelling were noticed on the badger’s neck either side which looked like possible bite marks from other badgers which had become infected.
“We see minor injuries around their necks quite often and normally it is just where they have been play fighting with other badgers within their social group and not normally much to worry about. On this occasion the wounds were infected and in need of veterinary help.”
The badger was loaded onto the WRAS ambulance and transported back to the WRAS Casualty Centre at Whitesmith, near Hailsham, where the badger was bedded down and is now booked in to be seen by one of the WRAS vets.
The badger will stay with the WRAS until its wounds have healed up and be released back close to where it was found once it has recovered.