Badger rescued in Bexhill after getting trapped in hole

A badger had to be rescued after it had fallen into a hole dug for gas works in Little Common, near Bexhill.

The badger once back at WRAS's Casualty Centre SUS-210126-100814001
The badger once back at WRAS's Casualty Centre SUS-210126-100814001

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) received the call about the trapped animal on Thursday (January 21).

By the time WRAS was contacted late on Thursday evening, the badger had already dug himself a tunnel into the side wall of the trench, now out of reach and sight of rescuers.

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Trevor Weeks MBE, founder and operations director of East Sussex WRAS, said: “Rescuers met the gas company on Friday morning and they agreed to halt works giving WRAS time to attempt capture using a trap. Initial thoughts of providing a ramp for the badger to climb out were ruled out due to the size and depth of the hole.

Gas company workers discovered the badger on Thursday SUS-210126-100754001

“After meeting with the gas company on Friday morning, they agreed to halt works in the area until the badger was safely removed.

“On Friday night rescuers returned and placed a trap in the bottom of the hole. With the trap set, checks were made every few hours throughout the night.

“After no sign of any activity initially rescuers started to get concerned that the badger wouldn’t go in the trap. So when they checked at 4.30am they were relieved that the badger had ventured out and was patiently waiting in the trap.

“The badger was lifted out of the hole and taken to WRAS’s veterinary centre at Whitesmith where he was bedded down and given food and water.

The badger in the trap after being removed from the hole SUS-210126-100804001

The gas company finished their works and the hole was filled in by Saturday (January 23) so rescuers returned the badger back to the area late at night when the roads were quiet so he could be released back into his home range.”

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