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The badger cub that survived against the odds

Aspen was found on a road in Devon, cuddled up to his dead mother and siblings Credit: Secret World

Aspen is one of seven orphaned badger cubs being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre at Highbridge in Somerset.

He is about eight weeks old and was brought in yesterday after being spotted lying beside his dead mother and siblings on a road in Devon.

Another cub was brought in last night - she was found on her own in the road in Cheddar. You can watch the young badgers playing on the charity's webcam.

They generate an awful lot of washing and the Centre is struggling to keep up. You can find out more about its work here.


Badger cull debate: from our Political Correspondent

Government plans for a badger cull in West Somerset suffered a blow today after MPs voted against the scheme.

The motion was passed by 147 votes to 28 but the government is not legally bound by it. The debate was triggered by an e-petition which gathered more than 150,000 signatures.

The cull has already been delayed until next summer after it was discovered there were more of the animals than expected.

Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine followed the debate in the House of Commons:


MPs debate the badger cull

The badger cull was planned to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle Credit: ITV Westcountry

A debate about badger culling will be held in the House of Commons today, following widespread protests.

Plans for a trial badger cull in West Somerset have now been postponed to next summer. Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.

Badger cull protesters lobby parliament

Protesters hoping to stop the badger cull have been lobbying MPs ahead of tomorrow's debate in the House of Commons.

Badger cull protesters demonstrating at Westminster earlier today Credit: ITV Westcountry

Earlier this week, the Government announced that the two pilot culls, one of which is in West Somerset, are being delayed until next summer. The demonstrators hope they will be called off altogether following the debate.

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