Injured badger rescued from Hailsham pool

A veterinary ambulance rushed to the aid of an injured badger found in the bottom of a disused swimming pool this morning.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called out just after 8.30am this morning to help the trapped badger.

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 stomach 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 while 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 badgers next 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 WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith, near Hailsham, where the badger was bedded down and is now booked in to be seen by one of WRAS’s vets.

The badger will stay with WRAS until its wounds have healed and then be released close to where it was found once recovered.

All WRAS rescue work is undertaken by volunteers and funded by donation and anyone wanting to make a donation towards the care of the Casualties dealt by WRAS can call 01825-873003 or send a donation to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE.