Badger found hanging by its teeth
24 April 2006 - BBC News
A "petrified" badger was found hanging by its teeth from a harbour ladder in
The Scottish SPCA has now launched an inquiry into the incident to try and
discover how the badger got there.
Experts do not believe it would have wandered through the town and harbour
area on its own and suspect foul play.
Scottish SPCA inspector John Carle said: "It was petrified and clinging onto
the rung. However it should make a full recovery."
The badger is now being treated by vets and was said to be making good
progress after its weekend ordeal.
Inspector Carle told BBC Scotland: "We are struggling to find out the answer
why it would have gone there of its own accord. We want to find the answer and
police are checking CCTV footage. Someone may have come across it in a weakened
state, possibly having been hit by a car, or some illegal activity. It was
petrified and clinging onto the rung. However it's in good condition now it's
had a good rest, all the signs are pointing to that it should make a full
Anyone found guilty of crimes against badgers can face a fine of thousands of
pounds and a prison sentence.
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