Badger cub rescued at Cooden

Cooden badger SUS-151208-161723001
Cooden badger SUS-151208-161723001

A young badger cub is on the road to recovery after being found dazed and confused in the road at Cooden Beach.

The badger is being cared for by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).

The charity’s founder and director Trevor Weeks said: “The beautiful young badger come into our care with the help of Chris from Bexhill Wildlife Rescue.

“Our vet Mike assessed the youngster who is one of this year’s cubs. Fingers cross we will be able to get this little one back out for release quickly.”

Bexhill has been keeping WRAS busy with five babies being born to a hedgehog there.

Trevor says the babies and mother are on the way to being returned to the wild.

Trevor said: “We have also been busy releasing lots of our garden birds, sparrows and finches, moving blackbirds and robins into their release aviaries, and releasing the second to last batch of ducklings – we have had over 80 this year.

“We have also been moving our fox cubs and owlets to their release pens and releasing our hand-reared Jackdaws.

“This is certainly turning out to be a busy and successful spring and summer for the charity.”

East Sussex WRAS was established as a voluntary group in 1996, but some of its rescuers have been rescuing since 1985.

The organisation was set up in order to provide a front-line rescue service for wildlife casualties who unlike their domesticated cousins, do not have owners to help look after them.

WRAS deals with calls from members of the public and other animal welfare organisations.

WRAS’s rescuers provide vital first aid to casualties starting the care right at the beginning at the rescue location.

Trevor says: “Our service is free of charge, but the average cost of responding to and dealing with a call-out is £75, which includes veterinary bills, food, water, electric, bedding, caging, rescue equipment, vehicles and fuel, phone bills and other necessary expenses, so we appreciate any donations to help cover these costs.

“Every year between two - three thousand calls are made to WRAS’s rescue line. Our rescuers are all volunteers and we are funded by kind donations.”

Visit www.wildlifeambulance.org for more.

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