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Badger rescued from flooded drain in Bradford

An RSPCA officer came to the rescue of a badger who found herself stuck at the bottom of a flooded drain in Bradford.

The badger got stuck after falling 6ft down a drain Credit: RSPCA

Animal collection officer John Greaves was called to a property in Thornton Road, Bradford, on Wednesday February 12 after a groundsman found a badger who had fallen 6ft down a 2ft-wide uncovered drain.

The manhole cover had been left off of the drain due to all of the rain and flooding. The groundsman spotted this poor, bedraggled badger down the drain and called us.

The drain had only been opened earlier in the day so luckily, the badger hadn’t been down there too long and she wasn’t injured.

I managed to lift her out and check her over so released her there and then. It was a lovely, large private house with extensive grounds and I suspect she may have had cubs back at the sett so I wanted to get her back into the wild as quickly as possible.

She scurried off across the lawn and into the undergrowth - she knew exactly where she was going and was obviously in a rush!

Badgers are beautiful creatures but they have sharp claws and a mouth full of teeth.

They can scratch and bite, especially when they’re distressed or in pain, so it’s really important to keep a safe distance and call for help if you find one in need of assistance.

– John Greaves, RSPCA Animal collection officer

The RSPCA advises members of the public to keep a safe distance and contact its 24-hour emergency helpline if they find an injured or trapped wild animal.