Trapped badger rescued from disused swimming pool

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called this morning to help a badger trapped in a swimming pool in Sussex.

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Badger booked in for vets

The badger in recovery after being rescued from a swimming pool Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

A badger rescued from a disused swimming pool near Hailsham in Sussex will be monitored by vets after two swellings were noticed on its neck. Rescuers think they are possible bite marks from other badgers that have become infected.

Trevor Weeks from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service said: "We see minor injuries quite often and normally it is just where they have been play fighting with other badgers and not normally much to worry about. Here, the wounds were infected and in need of veterinary help."

The badger was taken to a casualty centre at Whitesmith, near Hailsham, where it 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 up and will be released back close to where it was found.

Injured badger curled up in the corner of swimming pool

The injured badger curls up in the corner of a disused swimming pool Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service went to the aid of an injured badger found in the bottom of a disused swimming pool.

They were called just after 8.30am to help the trapped animal.

Trevor Weeks and Lindsay Redfern climbed down into the empty swimming pool and found the badger trying to sleep in quite an unusual position with its back to the corner of the swimming pool and its head tucked in to its belly and covered with its legs.

The position of the badger caused 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 tucked away. Eventually the badger was caught and placed into a special badger cage where it was then assessed and triaged.

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