How many baby badgers make a cete?


Single badger emerging from sett © RSPCA photolibrarySounds like a bad joke doesn’t it? But in this case the three young badgers in the video below really have come together to form their own little family.

Each cub had lost their own mother, either through a road traffic incident or separation, and arrived in our care confused, hungry and alone.

Caring for baby badgers

Without a mother to depend on these orphaned badger cubs would have been unable to survive in the wild. Now thanks to the hard work of the staff at West Hatch Wildlife Centre there future looks much more promising.


Making a cete

As part of the rehabilitation process badger cubs are health checked and reared with as little human contact as possible. Once they are ready they are moved out into the paddocks with other orphaned badgers with whom they can learn to dig, forage and play.

This newly formed group of badgers (also known as a cete or clan) become a family, who squabble like all families do, but will ultimately look out for each other. This gives them a much better chance of survival when they are ready to leave our care.

Eventually the growing badger cubs are released into a carefully chosen place in the wild with their new chums.

In the video above the badgers are being filmed by stealth-cam which is placed nearby their release site. And the collars they are wearing aren’t the latest fashion accessory for nocturnal animals. They are radio-tracking devices, so we can help us keep an eye on their progress.

Looking at them now it’s hard to believe that they were once completely alone in the world.

Becky Bone – digital content officer

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