An injured badger which had fallen into a disused swimming pool in Hailsham was rescued by veterinary ambulance crews on Wednesday (March 26).
The badger was found in the bottom of the disused swimming pool just after 8.30am after it became trapped.
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service were called to the scene.
On arrival rescuers Trevor Weeks MBE and Lindsay Redfern climbed down into the empty swimming pool and found the badger trying to sleep in a quite unusual position with its back to the corner of the swimming pool and tucking its head to its stomach and covering its head with its legs to hide.
Trevor said: “Some of the badgers we have had in care had sat and groomed themselves in similar positions but I’ve never seen a badger trying to sleep in this position before.”
The position of the badger caused rescuers some problems and the rescue took longer than normal, crews said.
Eventually the badger was caught and placed into a special badger cage where it was then assessed and triaged. Two swellings were noticed on the badger which looked like possible bite marks from other badgers which had become infected.
Trevor said: “We see minor injuries around their necks quite often and normally it is just where they have been play fighting with other badgers within their social group, and not normally much to worry about. On this occasion the wounds were infected and in need of veterinary help.”
The badger was loaded onto WRAS’s ambulance and transported back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith, near Hailsham, where the badger 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 be released back close to where it was found once recovered.
All WRAS’s rescue work is undertaken by volunteers and funded by donations. To make a donation call 01825 873003.