Lucky escape for baby badger found in Ingatestone garden


A badger cub that was found with her head stuck in a fence in an Essex garden has been rescued by the RSPCA.

A dog discovered the trapped baby animal at the bottom of his owner’s garden in Ingatestone at around 10pm on Friday April 27. The next morning, the little badger still hadn’t managed to free herself, so the homeowner called the RSPCA for help.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Donna Smith said: “This little female badger cub was stuck fast. I had to cut through the wire fence to release her.

“I was quite concerned about her, because she was too cold, very wobbly on her legs and dehydrated. Because of this, I decided she should be checked by a vet, rather than letting her go immediately.

“My thanks go to South Essex Wildlife Hospital, who took her in, gave her a thorough examination and got her back on her feet. The little badger cub is now doing well and along with another two cubs, has been transferred to another wildlife centre where they will be rehabilitated until they are ready to be returned to the wild.”

Visit the RSPCA’s webpage for advice on what to do if you find a badger cub.

To help the RSPCA continue to rescue, rehome and rehabilitate animals in need of care please visit

In an emergency, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.


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