Tiny badger cub is rescued by wildlife carers at Secret World
group of wildlife carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after
their first badger cub casualty of the year.
World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill, says the orphan
was found alone and cold and just a week or so old, in a garden
The homeowners left her for a while to see if the mother would
return, but sadly she didnt. The cub has been named Opal
and is being hand-reared by animal carers at Secret World.
2015 Secret World cared for 22 orphaned badger cubs and 43 orphaned
fox cubs, and they are expecting to help just as many this year.
young orphans need regular milk feeds, and the centre is appealing
for help to feed the hungry babies.
www.secretworld.org where you can either make a donation to the
appeal, or you can click to send donations of much-needed powdered
puppy milk directly to the centre.
to the actions of her finders, Opal is doing well so far, but
sadly last week another badger cub wasnt so lucky.
cub was pulled from its sett by a dog and its injuries were so
severe that it did not survive.
sad story is a reminder to dog owners that young cubs are now
being born. You can help protect these spring babies by keeping
your dog under control when out in the countryside.
Benfield, Head of Animal Care at Secret World, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This was a tragic accident and the owners of the dog were
would like to make people aware that young badgers are already
being born and are at risk to such dangers."
year we see badger and fox cubs and even fawns that have been
attacked by dogs not kept under control in the countryside."
month, Secret World will be launching a new advice campaign to
help people protect the wildlife around the Burnham-On-Sea area,
and understand what to do if you find injured or orphaned animals.
only a few weeks until Secret Worlds Badger Bonanza event.
The centres first open weekend of the year will be held
over the Easter weekend from 25-28th March.
well as the chance to find out more about badgers and other wild
animals in Secret Worlds care, visitors can enjoy wildlife
talks, craft stalls, family activities and delicious food. Look
out for more details on Burnham-On-Sea.com soon.