A very happy ending for George the badger
Snaring badgers is illegal. But the sad reality is this appalling activity is something badger groups come across all the time.
This story of the rescue and release of a snared badger does have a happy ending and is told in the words of the Somerset Badger Group volunteer who rescued him.
“On Sunday 14th June we were enjoying the footpaths around Martock when the Helpline’s dulcet ringtone intruded to sever the tranquillity. Kate said in some distress that her dog had sniffed out a badger caught in a fence and that the badger looked in very poor condition – could we help? “Yes of course, but I have to get back some two miles to the car, go home to collect the rescue equipment, and travel the 11 miles to your location in Drayton. It will take me about 90 minutes”. Kate said she would wait for me and gave a precise location.
I duly arrived after two calls from Kate on the way to ensure I was actually on my way; she was very distressed. Initially, it seemed that the badger had caught his head in the pig-wire fence, but closer inspection revealed the horror of a snare around its belly. I dread to think how long the poor creature had been there as it was extremely thin, seemingly on the brink. With the aid of some of Kate’s friends we managed to extricate the badger, and I was able to scruff him into the cage – most unusual for an adult, showing how debilitated he was. It was then off to Secret World Wildlife Rescue for initial assessment revealing a severe wound around the badger’s middle from the snare. I then took him to Quantock Veterinary Hospital in Bridgwater, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. I left him in their capable hands.
The male badger called George (the name given to him by Kate), required major surgery to remove infected and damaged tissue before being handed over to Secret World Wildlife Rescue for recovery.”