We have several Rescue Officers who can respond to reports of sick or injured badgers in our area. These officers are equipped with the following resources:
Rescue cages. These cages are specially designed for badgers. Each one includes a “crush” facility, which enables a vet to restrain a badger inside the cage so that it can be injected with sedatives / painkillers / antibiotics as appropriate.
Dog graspers. Injured badgers can be very dangerous animals to deal with. To enable us to secure them without being bitten, we use dog graspers. Once held with a grasper, the badger can be manoevered into the waiting crush cage.
Reflective (‘High Vis’) jackets. When rescuing badgers which have been hit by road traffic, it is essential for Rescue Officers to make sure that they do not risk causing an accident themselves. Reflective jackets allow the Officer to be seen in good time by other road users.
Once a sick or injured badger is rescued, it is taken to a veterinary surgery as quickly as possible. Most of our ‘patients’ are taken to Towcester Veterinary Surgery, where the vets and nurses have built up a lot of experience in dealing with badgers. We are enormously grateful to the staff at Towcester for all their efforts over the years.
Sadly, despite our best efforts, most of the badgers that we rescue do not survive. Their injuries are often too severe, or too infected, for treatment to be a viable option. Euthanasia is the kindest thing for these badgers, as it saves them from prolonged and painful deaths.
Some badgers can be saved however, and after veterinary treatment and a period of rest and recovery, these animals are released and given a second chance (see photo above).