First badgers vaccinated against bovine TB in Sussex

Volunteers have vaccinated their first badger against bovine tuberculosis in Sussex this morning.

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First badgers vaccinated against bovine TB in Sussex

Volunteers have vaccinated their first badger against bovine tuberculosis Credit: ITV News

Volunteers have vaccinated their first badger against bovine tuberculosis in Sussex this morning. Traps have been set up to catch the animals and baited with peanuts to encourage them to go inside. The project is aimed at stopping the disease spreading and protecting cattle.

Trevor Weeks, from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service said, “The weather was not a dry as forcast overnight and as a result the capture rate was slower than expected, and this is part of the reason why you vaccinate over 2-3 nights.”

Traps have been set up to catch the animals Credit: East Sussex WRAS

Volunteers from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project will return over the next few years to re-vaccinate the badger to help build up the herd immunity in the local badger population.

Traps have been set up to catch the animals Credit: East Sussex WRAS
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