Rescues

 

Badger cub in care of GBG - now back in the wild

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The cub in care has now been released back to the wild. After just over 3 weeks of care and feeding her weight had doubled.

On being taken back to her home territory she showed signs of knowing exactly where home was and eager to return to her 'family'.

The bank she had struggled to climb at the time of rescue was no obstacle as she raced back to the nearby sett.

 

 

Think the cause of our cubs problem has been identified - Coccidiosis. Though naturally occuring in any animal an increased level may impair growth - something that was a concern with this cub. Seven days treatment and good food, of which the cub seems happy to take again, should see her back on the road to recovery and release.

 

A difficult last few days as the cub suddenly took a dislike to any food offered and seemed to suffer with a stomach upset (yet to be determined) so back on the nutritional food for a couple of days until she settles down.

A good opportunity to examine the cub's teeth and a health check. Weight now up to 1.8Kg. Not the rapid gain I would have liked but at last she's eating again.

 

What a difference just a few days of TLC makes! The little cub is starting to take a wide variety of food. Puppy food, weetabix with goats milk and honey (note not cows milk!) and this evening is giving some attention to finely chopped boiled egg. In just a few days she has gained 300g - a 25% increase in body weight. Now bedding down in a nest of shredded paper. All going as hoped and on the road to recovery.

This cub was found struggling on land belonging to Peter and Sylvia Moss. They kindly took the cub to Chepstow Veterinary Health Centre who cared for it until the arrival of Steve Clark of GBG.

Estimated to be 3-4 months old and weighing just 1.4 Kg the cub was very under weight. Further examination and swabs indicated a heavy infestation of worms.

Treatment with Panacur and syringe feeding a highly nutritional food to encourage the recovery process. (Images courtesy of Peter Hitchins)

News

September 2015 - Badger cull underway in Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset

The controversial badger cull in England is underway for the first time in Dorset and has restarted for the third year in Gloucestershire and Somerset.  The cull, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, aims to kill 1,000-2,000 badgers over 6-weeks.  Previous badger culls have failed to meet targets, raising the risk that culling could actually increase TB infections in cattle as setts are disrupted and badgers roam more widely.  Senior scientists, including one appointed by the government to independently assess the cull, called for an end to the policy.