Fresh start for injured badgers
September, 2002 - BBC News
A group of injured badgers is being introduced back to
the wild in a purpose-built enclosure. The badgers will be released in about six
Seven badgers nursed back to health after illness and road accidents
have been released into a specially-created badger sett in a
The animals were rescued by the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital and
the Leicestershire Badger Group.
They will live in the sett for around two months until they are allowed
back into the wild.
The enclosure is built on land belonging to Severn Trent.
A fence keeps the animals in a confined area, but allows them to become
orientated with their surroundings.
It is hoped they will also being to interact with the local badger
Angela Downham, of the Leicester Wildlife Hospital, said: "I suppose I
have been a surrogate mother to them, especially the big one. He came in
at three weeks old and had to be bottle fed.
"So it's a real mix of emotions, but it's great to see them out in the
wild where they should be."
A web cam will be set up so the public can monitor their progress
through the BBC Leicester web site.