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RSPCA thanks boys who help save a stuck badger

Two 11-year-old brothers and one of their friends were helping an elderly neighbour on their farm when they spotted a badger stuck six metres down a pit in an old pump house.  

They rushed to tell their dad, then got a boiled egg and a chicken water trough, lowered them down into the pit and poured water down using a hose.


“They wanted the badger to have something to eat and drink,” says their mum. “They did really well – I was surprised they thought of all of that!”

The boys’ parents called us and RSPCA Inspector Liz Wheeler used her extendable net to scoop the badger out of the pit.

Liz says: “The three boys did an amazing job helping this badger. I’d like to say a big well done and thank you to them – they saved this badger’s life!”

Released uninjured

Liz checked the badger over and, as he wasn’t injured, released him nearby so he could make his way back to his sett.

“We always encourage people not to try to rescue wild animals themselves as they can bite and scratch when frightened,” adds Liz. “We’d also urge people never to put themselves in danger to rescue an animal and always to contact us or another agency for help.

“These boys did exactly the right thing for this badger!”

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