Trapped badger sparks rescue drama in Hailsham

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Volunteer Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS), were called out after a badger became trapped in the bottom of a disused swimming pool.

Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of East Sussex WRAS, along with Jamie Martin and Lindsey Redfern attended on site at 9.30am on February 1. The badger was curled up in a muddy corner of the swimming pool surrounded by bricks and other rubble and some vegetation, said Mr Weeks.

He said it was not the first time WRAS had dealt with a badger trapped in a disused swimming pool, adding he would never advise people to try and handle or rescue badgers themselves in these situations.

Mr Weeks said: “The best thing to do is contact your local wildlife rescue and they can check and advise what is best action, in some you wouldn’t want the badger climbing out of the pool during the day time or it could end up getting run over as it crosses roads trying to get home in day light, so in these situations we bring them in and look after them till it is dark and the roads less busy before release.

“The badger is in one of our large double hospital cages where he is being made nice and warm and comfortable.

We will observe him for the next 24 to 48 hours and if suitable he will be released back in the garden where found.”

The animal was suffering with slight hypothermia and a cut ear when it was rescued.

It is hoped the animal will be released later this week.

WRAS rescuers are all volunteers, and the average cost to the charity of responding out of site to a casualty is £75.00. The charity relies on donation to fund its valuable work. Anyone wanting to support the charity can visit www.wildlifeambulance.org or make a donation by ringing 01825-873003 or by posting a donation to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 9DE. -

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Video footage of the rescue can be found at: click here