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Badger rescued from Barry snare returned safe and well to the wild

Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A badger that had to be rescued by RSPCA Cymru after being found with a snare caught around her neck is now back in the wild after a spell in specialist care.

RSPCA Cymru found the badger in a Barry field trapped in a snare next to a fence. The snare was caught around her neck, and wounds were visible on the animal's body.

However, after a spell in specialist care, the badger has made a full recovery and has been safely returned back to the wild.

RSPCA Inspector Selina Chan, who undertook the initial rescue, said: “It's always fantastic to have a happy ending, and it's amazing that this badger is back where she belongs after this awful ordeal."

Had this incident not been reported to us, and had we not been able to complete this rescue, it is very possible this poor badger would have starved to death in horrible circumstances.

Fortunately, we were able to intervene as part of our on-going work to protect Wales' wildlife.

This incident highlighted the cruel and indiscriminate nature of snares - and, sadly, wildlife trapped in these devices are often not as lucky as this badger. RSPCA Cymru is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any trap which causes suffering.

– Selina Chan, RSPCA Inspector

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Rare turtle that washed up on Welsh beach 4,000 miles from home on the road to recovery

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Last November, Menai the rare sea turtle was discovered washed up on a chilly Welsh beach more than 4,000 miles away from her home.

'Menai', an Olive Ridley sea turtle, was found stranded on Tan-y-Foel beach last year.

Usually found swimming in the warm waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Menai was severely hypothermic and was thought to have made a journey of around 15,000 miles.

She's now on the road to recovery and has had a scan to assess her medical condition.

Watch Ian Lang's report:

Puppy dumped 'in the dead of night'

Hugo was found in Swansea. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCa says a puppy was found abandoned in the early hours of the morning on the doorstep of a member of the public who works closely with one of the charity's branches.

Nicknamed Hugo, he was found with a distended stomach and an eye problem. He was taken to a local veterinary practice, for initial care, including worming and flea treatment.He is believed to be around 12 or 13 weeks old.

He was found at 5.30am on 29th January.

RSPCA Cymru is now urging any member of the public who may have witnessed anything, or have any relevant information, to come forward.

This poor pup was found abandoned, and in need of veterinary help and care, in the early hours of the morning. It's such a relief he was found in good time, and he is thankfully doing well with a foster carer.

It seems possible a member of the public knew the home belonged to someone who works with an RSPCA branch. and thought this was an easy route to abandoning this poor, defenceless animal.

However, we cannot be clear as to the circumstances behind this incident. We're urging anyone who may have seen anything relevant to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

– Andrew Harris, RSPCA animal welfare officer

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